Written answers

Friday, 11 September 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of steel used in phase two of the High Speed 2 rail line is planned to be British steel.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of steel used in phase one of the High Speed 2 project is British steel.

      Aviation: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential merits of a flexible extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to (a) waive the RPI regulated rail fares increase for 2021, (b) guarantee that commercial fares will be frozen for 2021...

      Crossrail Line: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of the Crossrail project; and what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on allocating...

      Crossrail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been loaned from the public purse to Crossrail Limited; and what the (a) timescales, (b) rates of interest and (c) other terms of...

      Motor Vehicles: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to bring forward proposals on limiting the noise emitted from vehicles as a result of the noise camera trial launched in June 2019.

      Tourism: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives from (a) the UK travel industry and (b) travel agents on bespoke packages of support for the sector...

      Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing financial assistance during autumn and winter 2020 for the travel sector and travel...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish his strategy for the recovery of the aviation sector following the covid-19 outbreak.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) catering, (b) security, (c) hospitality and (d) ground handling companies in the aviation sector on the (i)...

      Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his oral statement of 7 Septemeber, Official Report, column 365, on International Travel, if he will make it his policy to implement a...

      Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing covid-19 testing for all arrivals at airports.

      Driving Instruction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has held with the DVSA as to the ongoing safety of the continuation of three in a vehicle ADI standards checks during...

      Department for Transport: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the cost to the public purse has been of the advance purchase of covid-19 vaccines.

    • Community Interest Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish a quarterly searchable record of Community Interest Companies.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Government's bilateral deals with pharmaceutical companies...

      Business: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September to Question 84266 on Local Government Finance: Coronavirus, by what date must...

      Post Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on what date HM Treasury was notified by UKGI that the Post Office was to use public money to contest the case Bates v...

  • Attorney General

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what meetings he has had with families who have lost family members or relatives as a result of covid-19.

    • Coronavirus: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to ensure that the people of Northern Ireland can access timely covid-19 testing.

      DNANudge: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) financial, (b) scientific accuracy and (c) other due diligence checks were carried out before the award of Government contracts...

      DNANudge: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the availability of peer reviewed papers containing clinical trial data to demonstrate (a) the efficacy...

      Coronavirus: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of conducting covid-19 tests on incoming university students this winter, in areas...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of using overseas testing capacity to meet (a) short, (b) medium...

      Health Professions: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 July 2020 to Question 73784 on clinical negligence, whether the Government is developing a...

      Coronavirus: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on the effectiveness of the application of the overseas quarantine regulations to healthcare...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the letter to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care from Strategic Coordinating Group Chairs from Isle of...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to provide daily updates to (a) the Sussex Resilience Forum and (b) other resilience forums on the capacity...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people who quarantined after returning to England since July 2020 from each country previously classed as an exempted...

      Plastic Surgery: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS hospitals are collecting data on restorative services that they are required to provide when adverse effects of aesthetic...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many officials in his Department monitor the contracts for the covid-19 drive through testing centres to ensure all contractual...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which Government Department holds the contracts for the management of covid-19 drive through testing centres.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will list the (a) location and (b) main contractor for each of the covid-19 drive through testing centres.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which companies hold contracts with the Government for the management of covid-19 drive through testing centres; and whether they employ...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the number of Departmental staff working on social care in the next six months.

  • Department for Education

    • Remote Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government has taken to improve online access for disadvantaged pupils in the event of online teaching resuming during the covid-19...

    • Further Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) removing or (b) relaxing rules surrounding requirements of study in relation to students...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that clinically vulnerable learners are able to continue to access English for Speakers of Other...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what training has been provided to teachers to help them adapt to remote teaching.

      Supply Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has published for (a) schools and (b) agencies on supply teachers claiming statutory sick pay if self-isolating during...

      Supply Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the use of supply teachers in schools.

      Department for Education: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

      Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the provision of fast-tracked testing for teachers with...

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of households with school-age children that do not have access to the internet.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance he has issued to schools in the event that a single child in a year group tests positive for covid-19.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional support will be offered to pupils in year 13 during the 2020-21 academic year.

      Assessments: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his Department's policy is on appeals by students of their centre assessed grades; and if he will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Judicial Review: Northern Ireland and Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he had with representatives of the judiciary in Scotland and Northern Ireland ahead of the announcement of the launch of the...

    • Ministry of Justice: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

      Probate: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the running costs of the Probate Office were in March (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

      Probate: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time taken was to process an application for probate in March (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

      Probate: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in probate offices in March (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

      Unpaid Work: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on restarting unpaid work programmes during the covid-19 outbreak; and what guidance his Department has published for people...

      Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of cells holding both convicted and unconvicted people in custody.

      Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on restarting resettlement day release during the covid-19 outbreak for people in prisons in England and Wales.

      Probation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an estimate of the proportion of people under the care of probation who were not receiving one or more support services that they had...

      Probation and Remand in Custody: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the routine maintenance of custodial facilities and probation premises; and what...

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons submitted applications to the HM Prison & Probation Service Operational Stability Panel for an Enhanced Payment Plus Bonus Scheme...

  • Treasury

    • Exports: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what activities the HMRC Policy Lab has undertaken in its research on the digitalisation of the VAT Retail Export Scheme; and which companies and...

    • Duty Free Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the results of the consultation on duty-free and tax-free goods carried by passengers which closed on 20 May 2020.

      UK Government Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether UKGI has delegated authority to take on (a) directly or (b) indirectly (i) assets, (ii) liabilities, (iii) contingent liabilities or (iv) other...

      UK Government Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has been notified on each occasion by UKGI on matters with the Post Office which are considered to be novel, contentious and...

      UK Government Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures are in place to prevent a member of UKGI sitting as a non-executive member on a Government-owned company while at the same time acting for a...

      Import Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many UK firms applied for a duty deferment account in (a) July 2020 and (b) August 2020.

      Import Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many UK firms have applied for a duty deferment account for VAT on imported goods.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to enable individuals who were unwittingly taken advantage of by loan charge promoters to enter into a settlement with HMRC over loan...

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a scheme similar to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme for concerts, festivals and other...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a VAT regime for goods similar to the EU Goods Status regime in order to limit the...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department has made of the potential merits of extending the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme and Self-Employment Income Support scheme for...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of reopening phases 1 and 2 of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme to provide access to...

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of supporting commercial coach hire companies in (a) relation to their fuel costs and (b)...

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to Question 83759 answered on 7 September 2020, what impact assessments have been carried out on the financial implications to small breweries...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to ensure lenders do not demand an EWS1 form for mortgage provision of homes in buildings under 18 metres, unless there is a...

      Mortgages: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will make an assessment of the effect of using the three month mortgage holiday during the covid-19 outbreak on people's (a) credit...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to help leaseholders (a) obtain mortgages or (b) re-mortgage their properties in situations where they are unable to obtain...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he is making in encouraging the insurance industry to take a more nuanced approach to situations where...

    • Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the (a) public inquiry planning decisions he has yet to make where a planning inspector’s...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether support for R&D will be made available through the Shared Prosperity Fund.

      Local Plans: Wolverhampton South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that Wolverhampton South West constituents are consulted on future local planning...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to carry out an impact assessment of the Building Safety Bill on leaseholders who currently live in...

      Property: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of adopting a property buying process with legally binding...

      House Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the (a) dates and (b) subjects of the (i) discussions he has had with (ii) representations he has...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what (a) types and (b) heights of buildings an External Wall System review should be carried out.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to undertake an investigation into the number of leaks from his Department over the 2020 summer recess.

    • Ministry of Defence: Declassified UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the letter of 4 September 2020 addressed to him from the International Press Institute, for what reason his Department’s press...

      Type 26 Frigates: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Minister signed off the media comment in the article published in Plymouth Live of 27 August 2020 describing reports of the possible reduction of...

      Aircraft Carriers: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that budgets for future years will enable Carrier Strike to be capable of routine deployments.

      Aircraft Carriers: Spare Parts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the Support Improvement Programme, to improve the maintenance and provision of spare parts for the UK’s two...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has had discussions with its US counterpart on the interoperability of support ships designed for the UK Carrier Strike Group.

      Aircraft Carriers: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at what date his Department estimates that the UK will be capable of operating two aircraft carriers simultaneously with two squadrons of F-35s.

      Defence Equipment: Balance of Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will publish data on the UK’s balance of trade with defence equipment with (a) the Americas, (b) Europe, (c) the Near/Middle...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what requirement there is for companies funded by his Department to pay financial penalties if they under-estimate the cost of projects awarded to them...

      HMS Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department undertook prior to recommissioning HMS Severn.

      Aircraft Carriers: Fleet Solid Support Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department's definition of Carrier Enabled Power Projection, to be achieved by 2026, will include at least one new Fleet Solid Support ship...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has accelerated any defence programmes over financial year 2020-21, in order to ensure the resilience of defence companies and...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many days each Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel spent at sea in the each of the last 10 years.

      Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the flying hours' cost was of the P-8 aircraft operating in the English Channel in the last two months.

      Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the flying hours' cost of the Atlas aircraft operating in the English Channel has been for the last two months.

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment has he made of the potential merits of introducing a National Defence Medal.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the extent to which the rise in retirement age for women has resulted in vulnerable 60 to 65 year-olds...

    • Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to support universal credit claimants who are shielding due to disability and long-term health conditions as...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Ethiopia: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to help reduce violence committed against civilians and protesters in Ethiopia.

    • Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September to Question 77758, when he plans to begin engagement with (a) Parliament,...

      China and USA: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on preventing a nuclear arms race from taking place between...

      Riot Control Weapons: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which unit in his Department was responsible for conducting the June 2020 reassessment of exports of riot control...

      Kenya: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Secret Intelligence Service requires ministerial approval to share intelligence on the location of...

      Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy...

      Libya: Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Libyan counterpart on the use of landmines in that country.

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, (a) what was the total budget this year for DFID's Palestinian aid programme; and (b) with reference to his 22...

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

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

  • Home Office

    • Hampshire Constabulary: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the 156 new police officers recruited to Hampshire Constabulary will be frontline police officers.

    • Visas: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will permit the extension of visas where the person with the expiring visa cannot get a flight to their home country.

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

    • Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when staff of his Department will be required to return to the office as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

    • Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many children of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age there are in England.

      Influenza and Pneumonia: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have died from (a) influenza, (b) pneumonia and (c) a combination of influenza and pneumonia...

  • Church Commissioners

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2020 to Question 78567 and grouped questions, whether the 7 October 2015 air-strike on a wedding in...

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2020 to Question 78567 and grouped questions, whether the 21 August 2018 air-strike on fishing boats...

      Board of Trade: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, (a) on what date and (b) where the next meeting of the Board of Trade is planned to take place.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Redundancy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate the Government has made of the number of job losses in digital, culture, media and sport sectors since April 2020.

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many workers in the digital, culture, media and sport sectors have been recipients of support from the Coronavirus Job...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 August 2020 to Question 75281 on Social Security Benefits, how many algorithms are involved in the...

      Internet: Bullying and Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to strengthen legislation against (a) cyberbullying and (b) online abuse.

      Culture: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sports, what fiscal steps he is taking to support cultural and creative industries affected by the covid-19 outbreak in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and...

      Performing Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support is available to help stand-up comedy venues during the covid-19 outbreak.

      PLASA: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will arrange an early meeting with the Professional Lighting and Sound Association to discuss the effect upon their...

      Culture Recovery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish further information on the allocation of the remaining £258 million in funding from the Cultural...

      Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will ensure that the distribution of the covid-19 arts rescue package includes funding for (a) the Royal Northern...

      Culture Recovery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what date he plans to announce the names of organisations receiving support from the Cultural Recovery Fund.

      Ice Skating: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reopening ice skating rinks for training purposes as covid-19...

      Performing Arts: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish a response to Early Day Motion 718 on Audio-visual performers' rights.

      Voluntary Organisations: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the financial challenges faced by the voluntary and...

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he last conducted a review of the effectiveness of the Charity Commission.

      Voluntary Organisations: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that all redundancies made in the community and voluntary sector are being recorded.

      Broadcasting: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to tackle inaccurate and misleading claims on health matters appearing on broadcast media.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help the return of fans at live sports events during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a tailored funding support package for the...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials have left his Department to work for (a) Google, (b) Amazon and (c) Facebook since 1 April 2019.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Organic Food: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions the Government has had with the EU on the preservation of Soil Association certification for organic...

    • Vacant Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the total area of undeveloped land in the UK available for agricultural, forestry, moorland or...

      Fisheries: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will limit the size of trawlers allowed to operate in marine protected areas.

      Foxes: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is planning to take steps to manage the number of urban foxes in London and other urban areas.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Period Poverty

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress the Government's period poverty taskforce has made in its objectives since (a) that taskforce was established and (b) the start of the...

  • Prime Minister

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of leisure centres in addressing obesity; and what plans they have to provide additional support prior to the...

    • Leisure: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the public leisure centre sector to avoid (1) further redundancies, and (2) the closure of public leisure facilities in local...

      Television Licences: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they attached any conditions to the agreement for the BBC to fund TV licences for those aged over 75; what plans they have to reduce any grants to the BBC...

      UN General Assembly: Anniversaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in considering the proposal to rename Broad Street Sanctuary as UN Green to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first meeting...

      Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish a new National Data Strategy.

      Government Departments: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action the Information Commissioner's Office will be taking against misleading statements given by international cloud providers about the security of UK data...

      Television Licences: Non-payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to decriminalise non-payment of the TV licence.

  • Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Syria: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 July (HL6213), (1) when, and (2) how, they intend to transfer existing EU sanctions relating to...

    • Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the counter proliferation programme has been suspended until further notice.

      Yemen: Cluster Munitions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported use of banned cluster weapons in Yemen; and what progress, if any, has been made towards a ceasefire in...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Board of Trade: Tony Abbott

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what remuneration package they have proposed to Tony Abbott in connection with his proposed membership of the Board of Trade.

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