Written answers

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the use of coastal rail services.

    • Level Crossings: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to prevent collisions with motor vehicles on rail crossings.

      Railways: Landslips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to help prevent landslips occurring on the UK's railways.

      Railways: Season Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions has he had with rail operators on the introduction of flexible season tickets.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans HS2 Ltd and its contractors have to recruit workers from overseas.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British workers were engaged on the manufacture of the tunnelling machines for HS2.

      Free Zones: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential need for increased infrastructure investment in areas designated for freeports.

      Railways: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to allow sleeper carriages to travel through the...

      Department for Transport: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on which days in (a) July and (b) August 2020 he was physically present in his office in Great Minster House.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to allocate financial support for the travel industry during the covid-19 outbreak.

      British Airways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations his Department has received from (a) British Airways and (b) International Airlines Group on the Governments support for the...

      British Airways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings, including those held virtually, he has had with British Airways since April 2020; and on what dates those meetings occurred.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeframe is for covid-19 levels in countries to be reviewed to allow air bridges to the UK.

      Oxford-Hereford Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2020 to Question 21252 on Oxford-Hereford Railway Line, whether he has received the draft evaluation from Network...

      Roads: Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what species of tree are in the Highways England recommended tree planting strategy alongside (a) motorways and (b) A-roads.

      Department for Transport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

      Official Cars: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 21 July 2020 to Question 72801 on Official Cars: Production, how many Ford Mondeo hybrid cars there are in the Government...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment the Government has made of the (a) ability and (b) safety of children with SEND returning to school as covid-19 restrictions are eased.

    • Universities: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure freedom of academic thought and expression at UK universities.

      Universities: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to make an assessment of the effect of the (a) covid-19 outbreak and (b) 2020 A-level awards process on university applications from...

      Free School Meals: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether free schools meals are being offered to all pupils in the first three years of primary school in England.

      Medicine: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to require universities that have accepted medical students on a deferred entry to 2021-22 as a result of the 2020 A-level awards to...

      Breakfast Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to extend access to breakfast clubs prior to the start of the school day.

      Further Education and Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional funding he plans to make available to (a) schools and (b) further education providers to support the mental health needs of young...

      Carers: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to recruit an adequate number of (a) short breaks foster carers and (b) community short breaks carers to care for children...

      Babies and Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the Government's timeframe is for the reopening of maternal and child classes as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the ability of universities to manage the increased number of places available to students for the 2020-21 academic year.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government is providing additional financial support to higher education providers to support larger numbers of students following the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he (a) has made an assessment of the equity of student loan repayments being taken from probationary police officers in London whose allowance...

      Remote Education: Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (covid-19)...

      GCE A-level: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of postponing autumn A-level exams to the end of November 2020 to give students unable to take...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the use of biomass fuel for electricity.

    • Green Homes Grant Scheme: Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the average time is for a PAS 2030 certification to be processed once a business applies, in the most recent month for...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme: Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that businesses offering home improvement under the Green Homes Grant scheme receive...

      Community Centres: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to ensure that non-domestic properties used by community groups and clubs can become more energy...

      Biofuels: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the methodology it uses to measure the impact of UK biomass...

      Biofuels: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what criteria his Department uses to measure and calculate the impact on (a) biodiversity and (b) ecosystems of biomass...

      Research: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding has been made available from the public purse to support multi-partner collaborative research projects...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has issued guidance on the implications for the calculation of statutory redundancy pay of being placed on...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

      Research: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 24 July 2020 to Question 76019 on Postgraduate Education: Equality, (a) when and (b) how...

      Innovation Expert Group: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference his Department's Policy paper UK Research and Development Roadmap, published on 1 July 2020, what the...

      OneWeb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, from which area of his Departmental budget will the funding for the acquisition of OneWeb be allocated from.

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will (a) develop and (b) publish a hydrogen strategy.

      Hunterston B Power Station: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of energy security in relation to the reported early closure of Hunterston nuclear power...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate has he made of his Department's average daily capacity to provide covid-19 home testing kits; and what steps is he taking...

    • Coronavirus: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure covid-19 test facilities are accessible locally in Lambeth and Southwark.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have been asked to travel more than (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 20 miles to access...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average distance people are required to travel when asked to undertake a covid-19 test.

      Gambling: Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his plans are for public health gambling policies and strategies following the merger of Public Health England with NHS Test and...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has for public health drugs policies and strategies following the merger of Public Health England with NHS Test and Trace...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his plans are for public health alcohol policies and strategies following the merger of Public Health England with NHS Test and...

      Smoking: Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his plans are for public health tobacco smoking policies and strategies following the merger of Public Health England with NHS Test...

      Radiotherapy: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding he plans to allocate to replacement of linear accelerator radiotherapy machines in use by NHS trusts that are past the...

      Supported Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to enable residents in supported living facilities for disabled people to be tested for covid-19.

      Supported Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to enable care workers providing services in supported living facilities for disabled people to get...

      Arthritis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS trusts and integrated care systems, resuming services as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are...

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the statement entitled, Government response to the 33rd report of the NHS Pay Review Body, HCWS409, what discussions...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish occupational data for those testing positive for covid-19 in each local authority in England.

      Hospitals: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many operations and treatments are being sent to private sector hospitals under NHS contracts as non-covid-19 work resumes in England.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to include reference to the statutory duty to involve patients in service delivery in future guidance to NHS (a) trusts...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to change the current guidance on care home visits during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Care Homes: Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many care homes were instructed by the NHS to put in place do not resuscitate orders between 1 February 2020 to 1 August 2020; and...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to assess the extent to which the family members of people in care may come under pressure to become...

      Disability: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will take steps to work with disabled people, their families and social care providers to develop an action plan to...

      Health Professions: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons regulation of the health professions is devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly but not to the Scottish Parliament.

      Medical Treatments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the number of patients receiving elective NHS treatment in (a)...

      Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he estimates waiting lists for (a) outpatients appointments, (b) day cases and (c) non-emergency surgery will return to pre-covid-19...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many roles in his Department have either equality, diversity or inclusion in the job title.

      Surgery: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to increase the number of elective surgeries before a potential second wave of covid-19.

      NHS Trusts: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his Answer of 3 July 2020 to Question 64076, what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of acute NHS Hospital Trusts...

      Coronavirus: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has provided to prisons on protecting the health and safety of prisoners held permanently in their cells as...

      Coronavirus: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the medical and scientific advice that he received which informed the decision to shut the schools in Leicester during...

      Personal Care Services: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to allow beauty salons in the Leicester Lockdown Area to reopen.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what public awareness campaigns the Government plans to undertake on arrangements in relation to local lockdowns in the next two months.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prevent a second covid-19 wave.

      Food: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the supply chains of companies providing medical nutrition products are not adversely...

      Health Services: Stoke-on-Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase NHS capacity at the (a) Royal Stoke University Hospital and (b) Haywood Walk-In Centre in...

      Coronavirus: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that people requiring specialist medical food products have been able to access them during...

      Out-patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that people who require outpatient services have access to them as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress the NHS has made in resuming non-covid-19 related work in hospitals and surgeries in England.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to develop plans to tackle the effect of delayed care in people's health after the end of the...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Israel: United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli and Emirati counterparts on the normalisation of relations...

    • Georgia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2020 to Question 60839, what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK’s...

      Mediterranean Region: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the EU on increased tensions in the eastern Mediterranean between Turkey, Greece...

      Mediterranean Region: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political and security situation in the eastern Mediterranean as a...

      Iran: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations at the next UN Security Council meeting on (a) allegations that (i) a number of...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: South America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many staff in his Department are dedicated to South America.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: South America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what effect the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development...

      Mauritius: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Mauritian Government on whether steps will be taken against the...

      Independent Commission for Aid Impact

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) and the Sub-Committee on the Work of the ICAI will be...

      Palestinians: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 July 2020 to Question 76939 on Palestinians: Textbooks, what mechanisms are in place...

      Malnutrition: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the G20 on the funding and distribution of emergency cash...

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to support small, medium and large UK-based international development charities...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of human rights abuses against (a) Uighur Muslims and (b) Christians...

      Caribbean: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the total budget was this year for DFID's Caribbean programme; and with reference to his 22 July announcement...

      Palestinians: Recognition of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has held with his counterparts in other European states on reaching a co-ordinated recognition...

      Iran: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2020 to Question 71913, what progress has been made in discussions with...

      Arab States: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department is working with the US Administration to encourage Arab states to follow the United Arab...

      Bahrain: Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Bahrain on the persecution of lawyers in that...

      Riot Control Weapons: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the evidential basis was for the conclusion in the re-assessment of exports of riot control equipment to the...

      Iran: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the level of risk to British-Iranian detainees held in Tehran's Evin prison of...

      Anoosheh Ashoori

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2020 to Question 74548, what additional recent discussions he has had with his...

      Overseas Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking support countries whose Official Development Assistance funding has been reduced as a...

      Qatar: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when his Department last participated in multi-national discussions on the diplomatic relationship between Qatar...

      Russia: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on alleged Russian intervention in Syria; and...

      Arab States: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support his Department is providing to help expand Israel’s relations with the Arab world.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what progress his Department is making on facilitating a positive solution to the conflict in Yemen.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent alleged downing of a US-operated AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma...

      Riot Control Weapons: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many and which incidents were examined as part of the re-assessment of exports of riot control equipment to...

      Riot Control Weapons: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the evidential basis was for the conclusion in the re-assessment of exports of riot control equipment to the...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has received from faith leaders on the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and...

      Maira Shahbaz

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to hold discussions with his Pakistani counterpart to raise concerns on the recent ruling of...

      British Overseas Territories: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support the Government provided to British Overseas Territories to help them tackle the effects of the...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Pakistani counterpart on taking steps against the alleged...

      USA: International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the decision by the US administration to impose sanctions...

      British Overseas Territories: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what (a) technical and (b) financial support the Government has (i) provided and (ii) offered to the Overseas...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of prison leavers who have been helped into settled accommodation by his Department’s accommodation...

    • Probation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of probation worker caseloads during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Probation and Remand in Custody: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many armed forces veterans were (a) in custody and (b) under the care of the probation service in 2019.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the current longest waiting times are between an application for an employment tribunal and the date of first hearing, for each employment tribunal...

      Prisons and Probation: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment HM Prisons and Probation Service has made of the effect of the prisons and probation system on armed forces veterans in that system.

      Remand in Custody: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the effect on (a) the maintenance of family ties and (b) the rights and welfare of children who have a parent in...

      Courts: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of hearings in the criminal courts have taken place (a) virtually and (b) physically since April 2020.

      Pets: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) maximum and (b) average sentence is for people convicted of stealing pets in England and Wales.

      Television Licences: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost of imprisoning people aged over 75 who have been prosecuted for not holding a valid TV license.

      Probate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average wait is for people telephoning the national Courts and Tribunal Service centres with queries relating to probate applications in the...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service has paid to use each Cloud Video Platform room during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Police Custody: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many defendants have spent an extra night in police custody as a result of there not being enough time to hear their case during the court day since...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what cost-benefit analysis he has undertaken on defendants appearing by video link rather than being brought to court.

      Remand in Custody: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of steps taken by the judiciary in relation to the use of remand during the covid-19 outbreak on the (a)...

  • Treasury

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme through autumn and winter 2020 for (a) the travel...

    • Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue raised from Diverted Profits Tax.

      Free Zones: Foyle

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) discussions and (b) meetings his Department has held with the Northern Ireland Executive in delivering a Free Port in the Foyle constituency.

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to support self-employed people whose industries have not re-started during the covid-19 outbreak after the Self-Employed...

      Protective Clothing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what VAT rating is given to non-surgical face coverings.

      Sunscreens: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has any plans to reduce VAT on sunscreen, which is currently not classified as an essential health product.

      Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many discounts were claimed as part of the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme in (a) the Scottish Borders, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many reports have been made of fraudulent abuse of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme through HMRC’s online reporting form.

      Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) firms and (b) intermediaries hold a customs handling of import and export freight (CHIEF) systems badge; and what the increase was in the...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a list of those organisations who have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to furlough staff during the covid-19 lockdown and who...

      Social Enterprises: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to extend social investment tax relief by two years while work to review that relief is ongoing, to allow time for alternative structures...

      Hydrogen: Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on supporting private investment in UK hydrogen projects.

      Hydrogen: Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on measures to support private investment in UK...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will conduct a review of the effect of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme levy on firms required to pay that levy.

      National Savings and Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had the Chief Executive of National Savings and Investments on increasing the £5,000 probate limit in place on their accounts. .

      Bank Services: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department takes to ensure that banks undertake adequate checks to identify and verify their customers' identity as required under...

  • Church Commissioners

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether non-disclosure agreements agreed between his Department and prime defence contractors purport to prohibit industry experts from providing...

    • Type 26 Frigates: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to order the next batch of Type 26 frigates.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mid air refuelling system the F35B uses; and how that system differs from the one used by the Typhoon.

      Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date his Department received a request from the Home Office to assist UK Border Force in the English Channel.

      Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department made an assessment of the potential merits of the use of Giraffe radar prior to the deployment of RAF aircraft in the English...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on the processing of (a) new and (b) existing Child Maintenance Service cases of new...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether compensation payments for Historical Institutional Abuse in Northern Ireland are taken into account in establishing eligibility to...

      Jobcentres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 July 2020 to Question 74614 on Jobcentres: Staff, what progress she has made on evaluating the number of new Job...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many members of staff in her Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to publish the findings of her Department’s review on how well the benefits system supports people who are terminally ill.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pesticides: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government's policy on trade negotiations allows the devolved nations to introduce stricter measures on...

    • Farmers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the 14-day quarantine rules apply to farmers who are able safely and need urgently to harvest their crops.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

      Seals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to ban seal shooting in UK waters before the US Marine Mammal Protection Act Import Provision...

      Sheep Meat: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the Welsh lamb industry in the event of a deal on the future...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the development of a vaccine for cattle to prevent the spread of bovine TB.

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Intra-Trade Animal Health Certificates were issued for dogs entering the UK in each month from June 2020 to August...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to ban the long-distance transportation of live animals; and if he...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timescale is for phasing out badger culling.

      Hare Coursing: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will increase the fines permissible within Section 30 of the Game Act 1831 for hare coursing offences.

      Hen Harriers: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to sustainably rebuild hen harrier populations.

      Animal Experiments: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to accept animal testing results from the EU on chemicals in lieu of animal testing on the same chemicals...

      Hen Harriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hen harrier nesting attempts there were in England in 2020; how many of those nests were successful; what the known...

  • Home Office

    • Rape: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the subjugation of alleged rape victims to give up private information to the police on case...

    • Home: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of staff in her Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of UK residents who are members of Hezbollah.

      Islamic Resistance Support Organization

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Islamic Resistance Support Organisation operates in the UK.

      Action Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what remedies are available to a member of the public who has reported a crime using the Action Fraud website, been advised that the matter...

      Action Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports have been made by members of the public to Action Fraud since its creation; how many of those reports have been referred to...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to allow the resumption of appointments for EU citizens to scan ID documents as part of applications to the EU Settlement...

  • Scotland Office

    • Fisheries: Scotland

      What steps his Department is taking to support the Scottish fishing sector.

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      If he will hold discussions with the Scottish Government on steps to increase the number of people being tested for covid-19 in Scotland.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Tourism: Congleton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of how the Kickstarting Tourism Package has (a) benefited to date) and (b) will benefit...

    • High Streets Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of how the High Streets Task Force will benefit towns in (a) Congleton constituency and...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

      Future High Streets Fund: Congleton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of how Congleton constituency (a) has benefited to date and (b) will benefit from the...

      Reopening High Streets Safely Fund: Congleton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of how Congleton constituency has (a) benefited from to date and (b) will benefit from the...

      Towns Fund: Congleton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of how Congleton (a) has benefited to date and (b) will benefit from the Towns Fund.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Ministerial Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the (a) subject, (b) date and (c) reason has been for all Ministerial Directions he has issued since 24 July 2019.

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to implement the recommendations made by the Law Commission in March 2017 on transparency of...

      Construction: Wool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of wool in UK construction.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Planning for the Future white paper, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the...

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Planning for the Future white paper, what assessment he has made of the effect of reducing the...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Planning for the Future white paper, what steps the Government is taking to secure public...

      Private Rented Housing: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the increase in the period of notice required to be served on a tenant (private, domestic property) from three...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the cumulative effect of its proposal to require carbon neutral homes by...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to work with the Department of Transport to ensure that all new-build properties with...

      Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to prevent covid-19 related evictions following the lifting of the eviction ban.

      Help to Buy Scheme: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to extend the Help to Buy scheme so that property completions delayed as a result of the covid-19...

      Help to Buy Scheme: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of house purchasers seeking to use the Help to Buy Scheme who have had their...

      Planning: Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what role (a) archaeology and (b) heritage will play in his Department's proposals on changes to the planning process.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on allocating financial support to leaseholders to replace dangerous cladding; and what...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that EWS1 certificates are produced as quickly as possible to prevent...

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

    • House of Lords: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on scoping a potential move of the House of Lords to York.

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to co-ordinate a cross-Departmental response to a potential increase in the prevalence...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish all opinion polling commissioned by his Department on Scottish independence conducted in 2020.

      Industrial Relations: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons employment and industrial relations are devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly but not to the Scottish Parliament.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will amend the Government's guidance to the Electoral Commission to ensure the Commission's...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership: South East Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she or her officials have had with representatives of the Malaysian and Indonesian Governments on the production of palm...

    • Institute of Economic Affairs: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her (a) invitation and (b) arrangements to attend dinner with the Institute of Economic Affairs on 14 January 2020 were managed by...

      Hydrogen: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions her Department has had with UK businesses that are seeking to export hydrogen technology internationally.

      Energy: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much funding her Department or associated bodies provided in support for exports of (a) coal, (b) biomass for electricity generation,...

      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, whether the 5 July 2015 air-strike on a residential area in Saqain...

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many members of staff in her Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

      Export Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps she has taken to reduce unfair tariffs on UK exports.

      Trade Agreements: Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government’s policy on trade negotiations allows the UK Government to reject clauses in proposed free trade agreements...

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when she plans to next meet with the US Trade Representative on removing tariffs on (a) cashmere and (b) other products.

      Free Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the UK Global Tariff on the economic merits of freeports through tariff...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to encourage inward investment into the UK.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding the Government plans to allocate to the implementation of the Shared Rural Network in each of the UK's nations.

    • Mass Media: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to provide additional support to freelance workers in the media during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that superfast broadband is available throughout the UK.

      Data Protection: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the likelihood of the UK receiving a positive data protection adequacy finding from...

      Treaties: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to negotiate an agreement with the US similar to Privacy Shield.

      Newspaper Press: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help tackle (a) disinformation and (b) abuse on the commenting forums of newspaper websites.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on support from charities and social enterprises...

      Television Licences: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of over 75s in the Foyle constituency who will be required to pay for TV...

      Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the number of people employed in the...

      Cinemas: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what additional support his Department is providing to independent cinemas applying for the British Film Institute managed grant.

      BBC: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the BBC on holding a public consultation on its proposals to revise regional...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nature for Climate Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish details of the Nature for Climate fund announced in the 2020 Budget on 11 March.

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