Written answers

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Croydon Tramlink: Sutton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will hold discussions with (a) Transport for London and (b) the Mayor of London on TfL's decision to suspend funding for the tramlink extension...

    • Buses: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendations made by Climate Assembly UK in their report entitled Path to...

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he is making on plans for the development of a southern rail access to Heathrow.

      Department for Transport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

      Public Transport: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the future of free travel for under 18-year olds in London.

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the terms and conditions of the financial support (a) received by train operating companies under the emergency measures agreements...

      Driving: Sleep Apnoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of road accidents caused by drivers affected by obstructive sleep apnoea.

      Department for Transport: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the length of time the (a) emergency measures agreements and (b) emergency recovery measures agreements on rail...

      Southeastern: Season Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the proposals submitted by Southeastern to introduce flexibility in rail ticketing.

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the fee paid to train operating companies as part of the emergency recovery measures agreements will be smaller than that paid as part of the...

      Restoring Your Railway Fund: Carshalton Beeches Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when a decision will be made on the bid for funding from the second round of Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund for step-free access at Carshalton...

      Driving Licences: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce delays for new licence applications and renewals at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

      Driving: Smart Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the completion of the Government's review into the use of a device which performs an interactive communication while...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to reform the Research Excellence Framework to (a) reduce levels of administration, (b)...

    • Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what financial support is available to encourage businesses to manufacture environmentally friendly product packaging.

      Small Businesses: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the potential benefits to SMEs of codifying the legal doctrine of passing off.

      Carbon Emissions: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 291441 on Carbon Emissions: British Overseas Territories and with...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made towards submitting updated Nationally Determined Contributions to the United...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Stragtegy, what steps he is taking to help businesses manage debt resulting from the effects of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Ceramics: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support ceramic businesses affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department will publish the Government’s response to the consultation on the Fuel Poverty for England...

      Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to provide support to businesses in the first quarter of 2021 when deferred payments and initial loan...

      Heating: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the number of trials that are testing the safety of using hydrogen for domestic heat.

      Hydrogen Advisory Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish future meeting dates of the Hydrogen Advisory Council.

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the UK's hydrogen strategy; and what steps he is taking to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: St Albans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when adequate covid-19 testing capacity will be available to allow all St Albans residents with symptoms to get tested within a...

    • Health Professions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on self-employed healthcare practitioners; and if he will...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which organisations are contracted to deliver covid-19 home test kits to people's homes; and what proportion of deliveries are being...

      Randox Laboratories: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department had a relationship with Randox Laboratories Ltd before the awarding of a contract to provide covid-19 testing in...

      Ramfoam: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department had a relationship with Ramfoam before the awarding of a contract to provide personal protective equipment in May 2020.

      Hologic: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department had a relationship with Hologic Ltd before the awarding of a contract to provide SARS-Cov-2 tests in April 2020.

      Unispace Global Health: Protective Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department had a relationship with Unispace Global Health before the awarding of a contract for personal protective equipment...

      Ayanda Capital: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department had a relationship with Ayanda Capital before the awarding of a contract to provide personal protective equipment...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of regional demand for covid-19 tests ordered through the online booking system, and if he...

      Health Services and Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) NHS and (b) social care workers have died from covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of estimates published on the level of covid-19 in the community since the start of the...

      Coronavirus: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve access to covid-19 testing in Buckinghamshire.

      NHS: Amazon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what liability Amazon has in its data storage contracts with the NHS for loss of data or data breaches; and what the range of legal and...

      Health services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many health care workers have died from covid-19 to date.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what performance targets are in place for commercial providers of track and trace functions; what penalties can be imposed for failure to...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish all contracts agreed between his Department and (a) Serco, (b) Sitel Group and (c) all other commercial providers of...

      Clinical Trials: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether all trials using new medical devices are logged centrally; and what steps he is taking to ensure that there is oversight of all...

      Coronavirus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has for research into the long-term effects of covid-19 on people who contracted the virus but were never...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support longitudinal studies to track (a) the durability of the covid-19 immune response and (b)...

      Coronavirus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the pathology of the long term symptoms of...

      Coronavirus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on the research study into the long-term health effects of covid-19 on hospitalised patients announced on 5...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Covid-19 Symptom Study data that one...

      Heart Diseases: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of NHS prescription of Polivalve as a mechanism of helping people with...

      Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Independent Review: Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2020 to Question 82079 on Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Independent Review: Sodium...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to lines 1 and 2 on page 20 of the NHS Mental Health Implementation Plan 2019-20 to 2023-24, published in July 2019, when...

      Eating Disorders: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the answer of 18 June to Question 58640 on Eating Disorders, what assessment has been made of the effect of the (a) covid-19...

      Funerals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of increasing the maximum permitted number of attendees at funeral...

      Health Services: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department’s long term strategy is for tackling the increasing costs of clinical negligence cases.

      Plastic Surgery: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to extend powers to local authorities to regulate mobile or home-based practitioners who practise in the...

      Plastic Surgery: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to introduce emergency legislation to curtail the use of mobile or home-based aesthetic practitioners...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) minor and (b) major operations have been cancelled since January 2020; and what steps he is taking to minimise waiting times...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of (a) the suitability of work transferred from secondary to primary care during the covid-19 outbreak and...

      NHS: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 May 2020 to Question 41025, for what reason details of contracts which have been entered into by NHS England...

      Shops: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on small shops of restrictions on where high fat, salt and sugar products can be placed in stores.

      Obesity: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what provisions will be included in the new obesity strategy to increase opportunities for exercise.

      Obesity: Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's report, Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives, published on 27 July...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken with the Secretary of State for Education to tackle the level of childhood obesity.

      Obesity: Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the implementation of the obesity strategy does not put at risk people (a) living with eating...

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total expenditure was on Healthy Start vouchers in the most recent year for which data is available.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people are recorded as obese, by (a) age and (b) gender in the UK.

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the variation in insulin pump uptake nationally; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what financial support is available for small businesses and voluntary groups to support the Government's obesity reduction strategy.

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the data published by NHS Digital entitled Malnutrition admissions, broken down by provider, 2008-09 to 2018-19,...

      Diabetes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to identify people with type 2 diabetes at most risk of covid-19 to ensure that they are triaged for increased...

      Obesity: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to undertake (a) a public consultation and (b) focus group meetings with patients on the development of a new plan to...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has taken steps to increase the accessibility of gastric surgeries for obese people as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children were in receipt of Healthy Start vouchers in the most recent year for which data is available.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of making calorie counts mandatory on restaurant menus on people with eating disorders.

      Skin Diseases: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment the Government has made of the (a) effect of alcohol-based hand sanitisers on people with skin conditions and (b)...

      Coronavirus: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the most recent results are of trials of existing approved medicines as potential treatments for covid-19.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his meeting with the hon. Member for Bristol East's constituent Jake Ogborne on access to the drug Spinraza on 23 June,...

  • Wales Office

    • Hydrogen: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the role that Wales can play in the UK's hydrogen strategy; and what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether daily testing will be provided for professionals working in schools.

    • Pupils: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that school children adhere to social distancing guidance.

      Educational Institutions: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many eligible institutions have (a) registered for and (b) ordered free period products under his Department's free period product scheme since...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons each school receives an initial supply of only 10 home testing kits for covid-19; and whether he plans to increase this initial supply.

      Department for Education: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what role academic mentors will play in will play in closing the covid-19 educational attainment gap.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the scientific evidence on wearing face coverings in communal areas in schools to reduce the risk of transmission of...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support schools with high numbers of pupils from inter-generational family units during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department made available through exceptional costs during the covid-19 outbreak between March and July 2020.

      Schools: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the judgment on Trans toolkit for schools and Oxfordshire County Council.

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the quality of education that pupils received (a) online and (b) on paper while schools have been closed during...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of information on new infections provided to schools to aid local decision making.

      Overseas Students: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of extending the duration of the graduate work visa.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will discuss with the Chancellor of the Exchequer the potential merits of extending the COVID Summer Food Fund for school holidays in the...

      Disability and Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress the Government has made in implementing each of the recommendations of the Education Select Committee's report entitled Special...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction of standard monthly payments to criminal legal aid firms on those firms.

    • Barristers: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Bar Council's July 2020 survey which found that 38 per cent of criminal...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the change in the custody recall rate since 2015 for (a) women and (b) men.

      Remand in Custody: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak and lockdown on trends in the level of average hours of contact time with family...

      Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government will seek to change the terms of reference for the Law Commission's review of marriages in response to the High Court judgement...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

    • Department of Trade: Savannah Spirits Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the publication DIT: spending over £500, January 2019, published in June 2019, what the purpose of her...

      World Trade Organisation: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many hours of staff time at each grade were involved in (a) drafting, designing and producing, (b) translating, and (c) distributing her...

      Tradeshow Access Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much of the funding allocated for Tradeshow Access Programmes remained unspent in 2019-20.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when she plans to respond to correspondence from Paul Aiger of UK Export Partners of 11 August 2020.

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their...

      World Trade Organisation: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the cost was to the public purse of (a) scripting, filming and editing and (b) distributing her Department's campaign video for the...

      Diplomatic Relations: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether Government business was discussed at her dinner with the Australian High Commissioner on 28 August 2019.

      Diplomatic Relations: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what meetings she had with Departmental officials on the content of her discussions at her dinner with the Australian High Commissioner on...

      Diplomatic Relations: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether one or more of her (a) private secretaries or (b) other Departmental officials were present at her dinner with the Australian High...

      Diplomatic Relations: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, for what reason her dinner with the Australian High Commissioner on 28 August 2019 was not declared in the registers of ministerial meetings...

      World Trade Organisation: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the cost to the public purse was of (a) drafting, designing and producing, (b) translating, and (c) distributing her Department's...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

    • Faith, Race and Hate Crime Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will list the recipients of funding from the Faith, Race and Hate Crime Grant scheme 2020 to 2021.

      Marriage: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to publish further guidance on holding weddings during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Public Lavatories: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will update the guidance on the opening of toilets run by (a) local authorities, (b) hospitality businesses, 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 their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender,...

      Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people in Wansbeck constituency were placed in emergency housing as a result of a risk of homelessness...

      Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people were placed in emergency housing as a result of a risk of homelessness between March and August 2020.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which Government department will be providing funding to local authorities for the provision of covid-secure marshals,...

      Social Rented Housing: Wansbeck

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people are on the waiting list for social housing in Wansbeck constituency.

      Social Rented Housing: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to allocate additional funding to Northumberland county council to build more social houses.

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the proposed planning changes, what steps his Department will take to protect the supply of...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department plans to publish on the provision of covid-secure marshals, announced by the Prime...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applications his Department has received to the Building Safety Fund for the remediation of unsafe non-ACM...

      Social Rented Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people are on the waiting list nationally for social housing.

      Property Development: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how the proposed new infrastructure levy to replace section 106 agreements will operate.

      Housing Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to repeal section 21 of the Housing Act 1988.

      Parking: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2020 to Question 86071 on Parking: Large Goods Vehicles, which Department or...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Iran: International Military Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the amount of outstanding debt is owed to Iran by International Military Service Ltd incurred on purchases of UK manufactured military equipment in...

    • Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian employees (a) his Department has and (b) have joined as new employees in each of the last five years.

      Veterans: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure veterans are protected from vexatious claims.

      Armed Forces: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of employment preparedness and support programmes offered to military personnel prior to...

      Ministry of Defence: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Unemployment and Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her latest estimate is of the (a) job vacancy rate and (b) unemployment rate in each region and nation of the UK.

    • Jobcentres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what core training is undertaken by new work coaches on supporting people with special needs or disabilities who are looking for work.

      Social Fund: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason a Social Fund Annual Report has not been published since November 2018.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many organisations in each region have applied to be representatives of the Kickstart scheme in the first week since that scheme was...

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to publish guidance on small business organisations becoming intermediaries in the Kickstart Scheme.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with Centrepoint on supporting young people with special needs or disabilities who are looking for work.

      Statutory Sick Pay: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that statutory sick pay is available to NHS health and social care staff (a) whose covid-19 symptoms extend...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to (a) carry out and (b) take into account additional wildlife surveillance when making his decision on...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities are making people aware of air quality levels in their areas.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure strong partnerships between local authorities and the private sector to tackle roadside...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities have the (a) knowledge and (b) capacity to tackle local air pollution.

      Sewage: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for how many hours and on how many occasions combined sewer outflows of each water company have discharged sewage in each...

      Sewage: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the combined sewer overflows of each water company have monitoring equipment in place.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many data breaches have been reported by HM Passport Office’s security team since the 23 March 2020.

    • Asylum: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will improve the accessibility of legal routes of immigration into the UK to facilitate the reunification of families.

      Visas: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials of her Department have had with EU counterparts on the expansion of visa-free travel...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2020 to Question 84331 on Immigration, whether people will be able to make applications in October 2020.

      Biometric Residence Permits: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's news story of 31 March 2020, NHS frontline workers visas extended so they can focus on fighting...

      Biometrics: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provisions are being made for families of three or more to register their biometrics where (a) the closest UK Visa and Citizenship...

      Extinction Rebellion: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were deployed to police Extinction Rebellion protests between 31 August to 11 September 2020.

      Visas: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to extend the visas of (a) podiatrists and (b) other allied health professionals due to the covid-19 outbreak; and if she...

      Slavery: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will conduct an inquiry into (a) trends in the number of British citizens becoming victims of modern slavery and (b) for what reasons...

      Human Trafficking: European Economic Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential for visa-free entry for EEA national visitors after the end of free movement to be abused by...

      Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many change of conditions applications have been made by people with no recourse to public funds by country of nationality of the main...

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Windrush Compensation Scheme cases have been closed in each month since April 2019.

  • Scotland Office

    • Mothers and Pregnancy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Government on collaboration to provide improved support for (a) pregnant women and (b)...

    • Scotland Office: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

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

    • Press Conferences: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of re-introducing the daily covid-19 briefings that took place in Downing Street that...

    • Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions the Government has made representations on state aid at the (a) Joint Committee and (b)...

      Construction: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to encourage the use of British companies as part of public sector procurement for...

      Disability: Reviews

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he estimates each Department will have completed their reviews in relation to the National Strategy for...

      Roads: Freight

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to a recent memorandum from the Cabinet Office Border and Protocol Delivery Group, what the 10...

      Business: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what metrics his Department is using to help ensure business preparedness by the end of the transition period.

      Local Authorities: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to enable UK Government support of local authorities in Scotland under the provisions of the UK internal market Bill.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Hydrogen: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the role that Northern Ireland can play in the UK's hydrogen strategy; and what discussions he has had with the...

    • Royal Ulster Constabulary: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the 3 September 2020 decision of the Council of Europe's...

  • Treasury

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the level of business rates paid by (a) public houses and (b) other businesses with...

    • Revenue and Customs: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of HMRC compliance with the requirement in Section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code that time off with pay for safety...

      Holyhead Port: Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has identified an inland customs clearance area for Holyhead port.

      Holyhead Port: Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on customs clearance areas for Holyhead port.

      Parking: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2020 to Question 85972, what scoping exercises his Department undertook to determine the most appropriate local...

      Food: Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason business rate relief has not been made available to food and wholesale businesses during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      What fiscal steps he is taking to help companies in the live entertainment industry remain in business during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Economic Situation

      What steps he is taking to support regional economies.

      Credit

      What steps his Department is taking to help ensure that buy now pay later lenders comply with guidance set out by the (a) Financial Conduct Authority and (b) Advertising Standards Agency.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to publish local data on the cost to the public purse of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

      Treasury: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce a capital expansion fund for sixth form providers.

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for sixth form education.

      Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support his Department has allocated to the Scottish Government to support local authorities with local covid-19 lockdowns.

      Food: Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of financial support available to food and drink wholesalers who have been affected financially by...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Ice Skating: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will publish the evidence which has informed its decision to keep ice rinks closed as covid-19 lockdown...

    • Wrestling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department classifies professional (performance) wrestling as a sport or performance art for the purposes of...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or...

      Remembrance Day: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of covid-19 lockdown restrictions on Remembrance Sunday and related events.

  • Department for Transport

    • Ferries: Isles of Scilly

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in considering the Strategic Outline Business Case submitted by the Isles of Scilly Transport Board to the Department for...

    • Transport for the North: Powers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 31 July (HL7214), what powers are held by Transport for the North, beyond offering advice...

      Hegelmann Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Hegelmann Transporte's activities in the UK have broken the law; and what steps they (1) have taken, and (2)...

      Crossrail Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are (1) the dates of, and (2) the reasons for, each announced stage of delay in the completion of the Elizabeth Line; and what has been the additional...

      Transport: Isles of Scilly

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the suspension of most transport services to, from, and within, the Isles of Scilly during the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent partial...

      Electric Scooters: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, when considering the use of e-scooters, they plan to look at the experience of other countries where wider use has been permitted; and what plans they...

      Northern Trains: Crew

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken since becoming operator of last resort of the Northern Rail franchise to increase the number of route-qualified drivers to enable a full...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, how many (1) road accidents, (2) injuries, and (3) fatalities, of (a) pedestrians, (b) cyclists, and (c) vehicle occupants, were attributed to vehicle...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review their process of assessing (1) the carbon emissions, and (2) the economic benefits, resulting from new roadbuilding...

      Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the future transport needs along the north-east/south-west axis in England in relation to future air, rail and road...

      Commuters: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 3 August (HL7358), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what are the (1)...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Climate Change Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to submit an upgraded nationally determined contributions plan for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference by the deadline at the end of the...

    • Sharing Economy: Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to give workers in the gig economy employment benefits and protection.

      OneWeb: Satellites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many satellites OneWeb currently has in operation; how many it will launch next year; and whether those satellites will be launched by the Russian Federation...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to provide special schools with updated COVID-19 guidance.

    • Higher Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have provided to universities and higher education providers about steps to take in relation to students attending from areas where...

      Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with representatives of the higher education sector in (1) Northern Ireland, (2) Wales, (3) England, and (4) Scotland.

      Schools: Playing Fields

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many school playing fields have been sold in each year since 2010; and what steps they will take to reduce the number of applications for further sales being...

      Young Men's Christian Association: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made to discuss with the YMCA the findings of its report Back on Track: Supporting young people out of lockdown, published in August;...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provisions have been made in Her Majesty’s Prisons for visiting rights for prisoners since the introduction of restrictions to address the COVID-19...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed £2.9 billion reduction in the official development assistance budget.

    • Gaza: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the provision medical and other aid to Gaza for COVID-19 prevention during the latest ceasefire.

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide state support and aid to less economically developed countries to suppress the transmission of COVID-19.

      Bahrain: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Bahrain about political prisoners at risk of execution, including the cases of (1) Mohamed Ramadan,...

      Belarus: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fairness of recent elections in Belarus.

      Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) participating states about the...

      USA: Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, what discussions they have had with the government of the United States to find a way forward on agreeing a draft resolution aimed at advancing measures to...

      Nigeria: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Nigeria’s capacity to (1) investigate, and (2) prosecute, (a) war crimes, (b) crimes against humanity,...

      Nigeria: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that militants from the Islamic State's West Africa Province abducted residents from Kukawa, Borno State, who had...

      Nigeria: Boko Haram

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the aim set out in the 2018 UK-Nigeria security and defence partnership that Nigeria would “cut the number of new recruits joining Boko Haram by...

      Nigeria: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the commitment given by the government of Nigeria in the 2018 UK-Nigeria security and defence partnership to deliver a £13 million programme to...

      Nigeria: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to assist law-enforcement mechanisms and courts in Nigeria with capacity-building to ensure that they investigate and prosecute...

      Zimbabwe: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Zimbabwe about pension arrears owed to former Crown servants; and what was the outcome of those...

      Nigeria: Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the UK-Nigeria security and defence partnership signed in August 2018 has achieved its objectives.

      Belarus: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current political situation in Belarus.

      Belarus: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to imposing sanctions against the government of Belarus and associated individuals.

      Turkey: Curfews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about (1) the curfews in the Sur neighbourhood of Diyarbakir City and imposed on 19 villages...

      Cyprus: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the government of the United States had with them prior to the announcement that that government’s arms embargo for Cyprus will be partially...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • European Fighter Aircraft: Radar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Advanced Electronically Scanned Array Radar units will be provided for use by the Royal Air Force's Eurofighter Typhoons as a result of the contract with...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Overseas Trade: South Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the level of (1) imports, and (2) exports, between the UK and South Africa in each of the last five years.

    • Emigration: Australasia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of UK citizens who have emigrated to reside in (1) Australia, and (2) New Zealand, in each of the last three years.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Board of Trade: Tony Abbott

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what agreement they have reached with Tony Abbott in relation to expenses, including (1) travel, (2) accommodation, and (3) support, in connection with his role at...

    • Trade Agreements: Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK trade partners about maintaining environmental protection standards in trade agreements.

      Trade Agreements: Mauritius

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in negotiating a deal on future trade relations with the government of Mauritius.

      Arms Trade: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take to ensure that all arms and equipment licensed for export from the UK meet the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.

      Expert Trade Advisory Groups: Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 4 August (HL7349), who attended the most recent meetings of each of the 17 Expert Trade Advisory...

      Trade Agreements: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK trade partners about inserting clauses on human rights in future trade deals.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sportsgrounds: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to enable sports stadiums to reopen safely in England.

    • Football: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Football Association about increasing diversity among (1) grassroots, and (2) professional, football referees.

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