Written answers

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Hammersmith Bridge: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) membership, (b) terms of reference (c) work programme and (d) budget is of the Hammersmith Bridge taskforce.

    • Department for Transport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many members of staff in his Department were (a) working at their normal place of work, (b) working from home, (c) on annual leave, (d) on...

      British Airways: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the email correspondence to British Airways staff of 2 June 2020 on the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme, what discussions he has...

      Shipping: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is providing to the maritime sector as part of the economic recovery from the covid-19 oubreak.

      Cycling and Walking: Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on (a) levels of active travel and (b) the connectivity of the most deprived areas of...

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been received by each local authority in (a) London and (b) England for the purposes of creating low traffic neighbourhoods.

      Transport: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential role hydrogen in decarbonising transport.

      Pedestrian Areas and Pedestrian Crossings: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to support the development of disability friendly pavements and crossings.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the value of decarbonising the maritime sector in terms of economic growth.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions the Government has had with the maritime sector on the potential effect of decarbonising that sector in securing a transition from...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had on the role decarbonising the maritime sector can play in reaching Net Zero by 2050; and will he make a statement.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the maritime sector on the effect decarbonising that sector will have on improving (a) the environment...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had on the role decarbonising the maritime sector can play in reaching net zero by 2050.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support the Government is providing to the maritime sector to help it decarbonise.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to accelerate projects listed in the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what rail schemes are listed at any stage of the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline as of September 2020.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he intends to publish an updated Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline list, which was last updated on 21 October 2019.

      Passengers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that passengers are financially compensated for cancelled flights as a result of changes to Government...

      Airports: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the alleviation of business rates for airports in England and Wales; and if he...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the maritime sector on decarbonising that sector as part of the transition towards reaching net zero by 2050.

      Acceleration Unit: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, (a) who are the members of the new Transport Acceleration Unit and (b) how were those members selected.

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure additional support for the coach industry during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Shipping: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support private investment in the UK maritime industry.

    • Renewable Energy: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) offshore wind, (b) onshore wind and (c) solar sites which could bid into...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether there are statutory restrictions on the volume of onshore wind, solar and offshore wind sites that are...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the volume of (a) jobs, (b) investment and (c) GVA that could be stimulated throughout the...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the average prospective bidding price of (a) solar, (b) onshore wind and (c) offshore wind...

      Renewable Energy: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in (a) onshore wind, (b) solar and (c) offshore wind which could be...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the construction of (a) onshore wind, (b) solar and (c) offshore wind sites awarded contracts in Contract for...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential volume of (a) offshore wind, (b) onshore wind and (c) solar sites which...

      Voluntary Organisations: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people have been made redundant from voluntary and community organisations in each week since January 2020 for...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Clandeboye Agencies: Contracts

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

    • Inivos: Contracts

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

      PPE Medpro: Contracts

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

      Respiratory System: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that patients with respiratory conditions are prioritised for covid-19 testing.

      Hospices: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to include hospice staff within the same covid-19 testing regime as NHS and care home staff; and if he will make a...

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to update visiting arrangements in care homes to allow for closer interaction between residents and...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 August 2020 to Question 43829 on coronavirus: screening, what the reasons were for the time taken to respond...

      Fertility: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase access to fertility services for people regardless of their (a) relationship status and...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure equity of access to IVF treatment throughout England.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of community-acquired cases of covid-19 were from (a) healthcare workers, (b) patients discharged to care...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's timescale is for the number of transplant operations to return to pre-covid-19 outbreak levels.

      Medicine: Research

      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 income of medical research charities; and what steps he is...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will give priority to care homes in covid-19 testing.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to increase laboratory capacity in the covid-19 antigen testing system.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 30 June 2020 on the Government's contract with...

      Health Services and Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which categories of health and social care providers are eligible for antibody testing for covid-19.

      Surgery: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s report entitled Elective Surgery during COVID-19, what assessment he...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which suppliers entered bids for the contract to provide contact tracers as part of the Government's covid-19 test and trace programme.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of when covid-19 testing capacity will be sufficient to allow the testing of all travellers to and from the UK.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to covid-19 restrictions on contact between households, what assessment the Government has made of the challenges faced by...

      Coronavirus: Kirklees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the evidential basis is for keeping additional covid-19 restrictions on (a) Batley and (b) other parts of Kirklees Council while...

      Disability: Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to provide physiotherapy for disabled patients who have had covid-19.

  • Wales Office

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the regional distribution of schools with an above national average proportion of pupils living in relative poverty.

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has published guidance for schools on a national school outbreak plan in the event of a covid-19 case.

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) quality, (b) sustainability and (c) cost considerations are prioritised in school uniform policy.

      Students: Employment and Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that (a) private candidates and (b) home-schooled students do not miss out on a place at college or...

      Teachers: Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will highlight changes in guidance to schools to ensure that teachers are easily able to find small changes in long documents.

      Pupils: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what advice his Department gives to schools to ensure that pupils with (a) neurofibromatosis 1 and (b) other genetic conditions receive adequate and...

      Apprentices: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that levels of intakes for apprenticeships nationally does not decline due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional steps he is taking to ensure that universities have the resources they need to respond to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Adult Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he has taken to help ensure the safety of adults with additional needs (a) travelling to and (b) taking part in activities at adult...

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance has been issued to education providers in the event that a student’s parents refuse to have them tested for covid-19 when...

      GCE A-level: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will ensure that schools support students who were unable to take A-levels in summer 2020 and wish to take those exams in autumn 2020 by (a)...

      Students: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to ensure that students taking exams in October 2020 receive an adequate level of tuition to help compensate for the disruptions to...

      Sex and Relationship Education: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the role played by LGBT+ advocacy groups in the delivery of sex education in primary schools.

      Nurseries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the financial stability of the nursery sector of the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

      Pupil Premium: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department will bear additional costs associated with increases in the number of children eligible for the pupil premium due to the...

      Nurseries: Covid-19 Education Catch-up Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether maintained nurseries are able to access Catch Up Grant funding.

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that pupils who are eligible for free school meals are still able to receive that support if they are...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent representations her Department has received on (a) delays and (b) inadequacies in the delivery of clean prison kit from HMPPS stores.

    • Prisons: Cockroaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons recorded cockroach infestations in each month from January to August 2020.

      Prisoners: Disability and Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners in England and Wales have (a) dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties, (b) speech and language difficulties and (c) other...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Tobacco: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what information her Department holds on the 10 largest source countries for tobacco leaf imports into the UK in the last 12 months for...

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September to Question 78567 and grouped questions, whether the 21 January 2016 air-strike on a house in Majz was...

      Trade Agreements: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that freedom of religion or belief and other human rights concerns are being taken into consideration...

      Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to her Department's estimate that the recently announced UK-Japan trade agreement will result in a £1.5 billion boost to...

      UK Industry Exports Control Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish a complete (a) transcript and (b) audio-visual record of the public presentation provided by an official in her...

      Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when her Department plans to publish an impact assessment of the UK-Japan trade agreement.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department...

    • Maira Shahbaz

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with his Pakistani counterpart on the decision by the Lahore High Court...

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has received representations on the resumption of the Government of Bangladesh pilot of the Myanmar...

      India: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs,what recent discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on the deaths of (a) Sakil Dawood, (b) Saeed Dawood...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure his Department's management board is diverse in terms of (a) gender, (b)...

      Myanmar: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what progress his Department has made in (a) advocating Myanmar accountability for crimes committed against the...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in the (a) Foreign and Commonwealth Office's and (b) Department...

      India: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Indian counterpart on the persecution and murder of Christians and members...

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Bangladesh on a timetable for the reinstatement of internet...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of persecution of religious minorities within the covid-19 pandemic...

      Ethiopia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to help reduce human rights violations against the Oromo people in Ethiopia.

      Ethiopia: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Ethiopian counterpart on the recent protests in that country.

      Côte d'Ivoire: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the political and security situation in the Ivory Coast.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Côte d'Ivoire: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to help reduce violence committed against civilians in the Ivory Coast amid clashes between Government forces and people...

    • Qatar: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much 12 Squadron RAF has cost the public purse in each year since 2018; and how much of those costs have been borne by the (a) Qatar Emiri Air Force...

      Qatar: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Royal Air Force personnel and 9b) Qatari Emiri Air Force personnel have been assigned to 12 Squadron RAF.

      UK Border Force: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the operational effectiveness of his Department’s intervention in the English Channel; and if he will make a...

      UK Border Force: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, prior to his Department accepting the Home Office’s request for military assistance in the English Channel, what assessment his Department...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has signed defence programme contracts with suppliers which purport to prohibit either (a) the prime contractor or (b)...

      Land: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the sale of land which was the site of his Departments former fuel store depot at Chorlton by Backford, Chester, is...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Kickstart Scheme: Bosworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure the efficient roll out of the Kickstart scheme in Bosworth constituency.

    • Kickstart Scheme: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking with employers to help ensure as many young people as possible benefit from the Kickstart scheme in (a)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2020 to Question 72774 on Universal Credit, what estimate her Department has made of the cost of providing...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress her Department has made on the disability green paper.

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have booked a Pension Wise guidance session since the start of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 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...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the time taken to issue national insurance numbers to applicants.

      Support for Mortgage Interest: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes she has made to the qualifying period for support for mortgage interest in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and if she will...

      NHS: Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many sector-based work academy partnerships are in place between the NHS and JobCentre Plus; and how many job seekers have been supported...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Training

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

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Falcons: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the APHA Cites applications currently processed in Bristol, what progress he has made on replacing the...

    • Flood Control: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural...

      Recycling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid 19 outbreak on recycling rates in (a) the UK and (b) Leicestershire.

      Sewage: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether there is a threshold of the annual number of discharges by combined sewer outflows above which the Environment...

  • Home Office

    • Hygiene: Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant of the Answer of 3 September 2020 to Question 81490 on Hygiene: Products, whether the National Fire Chiefs Council’s press...

    • Unexplained Wealth Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the efficacy of Unexplained Wealth Orders in tackling financial crime in the UK.

      Home Office: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers, (b) police staff, (c) National Crime Agency staff and (d) UK Border Force staff have been (i) suspended and...

      Trespass: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will set out a timetable for bringing forward legislative proposals to reform the law on trespassing.

      Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for a change of conditions to the no recourse to public funds condition were made (a) with and (b) without a...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for which foreign states the College of Policing provided training courses in (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19 and (c) 2019-20; and what the subject...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many DNA profiles have been removed from the national DNA database since 1 April 2018.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will secure funding settlements for the police extending over two to three years in the Spending Review.

      Security: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for the launch of the Security Training Fund.

      Crime: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made on the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the rate of crime involving young people.

      Hampshire Constabulary: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment has she made of the effect of the police allocation formula adequacy of funding allocated to Hampshire Constabulary.

      Home Office: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of the request made to her Department by the PCS union under Regulation 9 of the Safety...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2020 to Question 86761 on Mortgages, what steps he is taking to encourage...

    • Local Government: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Supreme Court ruling of 29 April in R (on the application of Palestine Solidarity Campaign Ltd...

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

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to secure frictionless trade with the EU.

    • Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have lost their job in each month in the last 15 years.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Coronavirus

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to meet the needs of parishioners during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Treasury

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the economic effects of the covid-19 pandemic, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of index-linking devolved...

    • Tenants: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to introduce a tenant hardship loan fund.

      Health Services: Staffordshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the adequacy of funding for the NHS over winter 2020-21 in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Staffordshire.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to prevent tax avoidance by (a) corporations and (b) individuals.

      Tax Avoidance: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the annual cost of tax avoidance on South Yorkshire’s economy and services.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grants have been paid to furloughed workers who lost income due to an inability to carry out additional,...

      Remote Working: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that people working from home are aware of a tax rebate they can access from HMRC for (a) wifi, (b) computers and (c) other...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with (a) blood cancer and (b) other conditions which adversely effect an individual’s immune system, do...

      UK Government Investments: Citigate Dewe Rogerson

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much UKGI spent last year out of the public purse for the services of Citigate Dewe & Rogerson.

      Pensions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of Exchequer, how many people have accessed and transferred their pension early resulting in the recording of an unauthorised payment from their pension fund since the onset...

      Mortgages: Older People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to strengthen the Equalities Act 2010 to prevent discrimination by financial businesses in relation to home mortages...

      UK Government Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what register of interests members of UKGI are required to declare.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the voluntary and community sector on extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

      UK Government Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that UKGI effectively represents his Department's interests, when advising board members of companies in...

      Revenue and Customs: Cumbernauld

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HMRC's lease on its office in Cumbernauld will expire.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2020 to Question 83963 on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), if he will publish (a) the number of...

      Mortgages: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of owner-occupiers of residential properties who have deferred mortgage payments during the covid-19 outbreak who...

      Mortgages: First Time Buyers

      To ask the Chancellor of Exchequer, what discussions he has had with representatives of the mortgage sector on the availability to first-time buyers of mortgages requiring a minimum deposit of...

      Shipping: Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to support private investment in the UK maritime industry.

      Hydrogen: Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support private investment in the UK hydrogen economy.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the potential contribution to economic growth of decarbonising the maritime sector.

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide fiscal support to the live events industry to help safeguard jobs in that sector.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Antenatal Care and Children's Play: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support the Government plans to provide for (a) soft play centres and (b) maternal classes when those...

    • Telecommunications: Huawei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing quarterly reports to Parliament on the progress on removing...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will raise the age limit on the National Lottery to 18.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support the tourism sector as it moves from the summer season into autumn.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the tourism sector on extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

      Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what sanctions are in place for gambling operators that breach age-restricted advertising rules.

      Gambling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of (i) men and (ii) women gambling and (b) rates of problematic gambling during...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions Ofcom has had with (a) social media companies and (b) citizen and consumer groups on online harms in 2020.

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July 2020 to Question 75251 on pornography, what plans he has to publish the Government's...

  • Department for Transport

    • Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the role of the Department for Transport in (1) managing, and (2) setting the budget of, the Crossrail 2 project; and what other organisations will be...

    • Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made a decision on the Crossrail 2 Strategic Outline Business Case; and if not, when they intend to do so.

      High Speed Two: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) HS2 Limited has signed, or has incorporated into contracts with, (1) consultancy firms, (2) senior staff of HS2 Limited...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much HS2 Limited has paid to police forces along the HS2 route; and for what services any such payments were made.

      High Speed Two: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response on 13 July to the Freedom of Information request to HS2 Ltd (FOI-19-3289), whether they (1) informed the committees in both Houses of...

      Restoring Your Railway Fund: Preston-Colne Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they received any bid to the Restoring Your Railway Fund for enhancements, including a passing loop, on the eleven-mile long single-track siding that forms...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to increase the proportion of freight traffic within Great Britain that is carried by the railways.

      Northern Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, as operator of last resort, to instruct Northern Rail to maintain passenger services in accordance with the franchise agreement; and, in...

      Aviation: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to protect airline passengers from losses due to the cancellation of flights once EU Regulation 261/2004 no longer applies; and how...

      Aviation: Public Opinion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Department for Transport plans to update the data on (1) public experiences of, and attitudes towards, air travel, (2) public attitudes to climate...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to announce details of (1) the measures to be within the scope of the Green Homes Grant scheme, and (2) how that scheme will operate.

    • Company Accounts: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the numerical outcomes that the International Standards Board seeks to achieve from accounts prepared using its accounting standards system are the same as...

      Legislation: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether existing rights of access to all UK legislation will apply to UK-adopted international standards, including the full and free right (1) to copy,...

      Company Accounts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the International Accounting Standard (1) requires companies to classify and present in their balance sheet property that they rent and do not own as if they...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how consumers can obtain the necessary vouchers to take part in the Green Homes Grant Scheme; and what plans they have to publicise that scheme.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many assessors they anticipate will be required before the launch of the Green Homes Grant; and how many such assessors they have already recruited.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist (HL2159), when they expect to publish the outcome of their consultation Energy Performance...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to draw up a list of approved contractors to operate the Green Homes Grant scheme.

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children received free school meals during the 2020 summer holidays.

    • Students: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who will inform a school of a positive COVID-19 test of a student at that school.

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of children during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant school closures who (1) had no digital devices in...

      Apprentices: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to safeguard manufacturing apprenticeship schemes.

      GCE A-level: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with devolved authorities about co-ordinating the approach to the awarding of A-levels and equivalent qualifications in the summer...

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in negotiating free trade deals.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Independent Commission for Aid Impact: Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) how much time staff of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) have, or will need to, set aside for the Integrated...

    • Nigeria: Crisis Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the commitment given in the 2018 UK-Nigeria security and defence partnership that Nigeria would implement a new crisis response mechanism, similar to the...

      Nigeria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 9 March (HL1991) and reports of increased violence in Plateau, Benue, Taraba, southern Kaduna and Bauchi in...

      CDC: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much investment in Official Development Assistance is in CDC Group Limited’s current investment plans; and what percentage of CDC Group Limited's planned...

      CDC: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much CDC Group Limited invested in Official Development Assistance in (1) 2017/18, (2) 2018/19, and (3) 2019/20; and, for each year, what percentage of CDC...

      Laércio Souza Silva and Paulo Paulino Guajajara

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Brazil about reports of the killing of Paulo Paulino Guajajara and the wounding of Laercio Souza...

      Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to sign the UN’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and (2) to submit that Treaty to Parliament for ratification.

      Gaza: Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to support efforts (1) to address water shortages, and (2) to improve living conditions, in Gaza.

      Jerusalem: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to protect Palestinian medical facilities in East Jerusalem from violent incursions by the Israel Defence Forces.

      Lebanon: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister has spoken to the prime minister-designate of Lebanon, Mustapha Adib, since his appointment; and if so, (1) when, and (2)  whether...

      West Bank: Demolition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to protect Palestinians living in the West Bank from having their (1) property, (2) land, and (3) infrastructure, demolished by the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take to protect civilians in Gaza from bombing by the government of Israel.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 6 August (HL7404), what plans they have to make an assessment of the case for using the Royal Navy to...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to protect Palestinians in Kafr Qaddum in the light of reports (1) that explosive devices have been placed by the Israel Defence Force...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Income

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent research from Finland that suggests that Universal Basic Income improves employee mental health and boosts employment.

    • Social Security Benefits: Prisoners on Remand

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 6 August (HL7232), how many prisoners currently being held on remand have had (1) Housing...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the potential cost in financial year 2021/22 of (1) maintaining the current uplift to Universal Credit, Working Tax...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pesticides: Health Hazards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of (1) the impact of aminopyralid contamination in compost on gardeners and market gardeners, and (2) the...

    • Rights of Way: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for an extension of the 2026 cut-off date for registration of historic rights of way in view of delays caused by the...

      Public Footpaths: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the condition of public footpaths in England and Wales; and in particular whether (1) signposts, waymarks, bridges...

      Urban Areas: Chewing Gum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the environmental, (2) the health, and (3) the visual, impacts of chewing gum being deposited in urban environments; and...

      Animal Welfare: Enforcement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many infringement notices in relation to breaches of animal welfare regulations were issued by the Animal and Plant Health Agency between 1 January 2019 and...

      Cattle and Sheep: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many truckloads of (1) sheep, and (2) calves, were exported for slaughter or fattening from the port of Ramsgate between 1 January 2019 and the latest...

      Agriculture: Sewage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of (1) the impact of spreading human sewage on farmland, and (2) the adequacy of current regulation and enforcement...

      Bushmeat: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to secure a global ban on the sale of bush-meat, in particular with regard to preventing the transfer of diseases from animals to humans

  • Home Office

    • Home Offfice: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Home Office staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.

    • Community Centres: Police Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possibility of communities providing funding for volunteer-manned community support facilities that are able to liaise...

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in reviewing their policy on the rights of asylum applicants to work in the UK as announced in the White Paper The UK’s future...

      Asylum: English Channel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a route for asylum seekers to cross the English Channel to the UK safely.

      Cybercrime: Business

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the origin of ransom cyber attacks against British businesses.

      Cybercrime: Business

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to protect British companies targeted by cyber ransom attacks.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the problems facing owners of retirement properties who are unable to sell such property; and whether councils are able...

    • Housing: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance is available to bereaved relatives who are being required to pay council tax at full or double rate after being unable to sell an inherited...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage landlords and developers of high rise blocks to address the fire risks associated with (1) dangerous cladding, and (2) other...

      Pedestrian Areas: Catering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the enactment of the Business and Planning Act 2020, how many local authorities have opted to make pavement licences subject to a smoke-free condition.

      Local Government: Coronavirus and Devolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with leaders of each of the combined authorities in England about (1) further devolution of powers, and (2) increased funding,...

      Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of private rented sector tenants in arrears as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Housing: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many retirement properties have been empty while awaiting sale for more than (1) six months, and (2) two years, in (a) England, and (b) Wales.

      Parks: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make another funding round for schemes for the funding of pocket parks.

      Coastal Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide ongoing support for seaside towns; and, in particular, what response they intend to make to the British Amusement and Catering...

      Planning: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of small rural communities that do not meet the “designated rural areas” definition in section 157 of...

      Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that private tenants who have fallen into rent arrears as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will not be liable for eviction.

      Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are planning to take to avoid a substantial number of tenants of private housing being evicted when the stay on house possession...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish their plans and preparations for any peak in COVID-19 infections during the winter period, including for any reasonable worst-case...

    • House of Lords: Location

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 11 August (HL7467), whether a feasibility study of using a site in York for the House of Lords or a government...

      Government Departments and Ministers: Email

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all automatic replies acknowledging receipt of emails sent to government and ministerial accounts provide that a full response will be supplied; and if...

      Blue Badge Scheme and Driving Licences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 29 June (HL5754), with which EU Member States they have held bilateral discussions about the mutual recognition of...

      Boundary Commissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 11 August (HL7357), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what was the total cost of the work...

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Her Majesty's Treasury staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.

    • Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total yield on inheritance tax collected in each of the last five years.

      Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently paying the additional rate of income tax; and how much they raised from this band over the last financial year.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide domestic replacements for each of the funding streams that the UK receives from the EU.

      Imports: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Richard Allen was rewarded for his whistle blowing role in alerting them and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to the misuse of Low Value Consignment...

      Bank Services: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the closure of bank accounts belonging to the Core Issues Trust by Barclays Bank; and what steps they are taking to ensure that...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with media regulators, including Ofcom and IPSO, on the reporting of suicide; what assessment they have made of the impact...

    • Palliative Care and Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mandate the inclusion of details of mental health charities, NHS support and groups such as the Samaritans to be published whenever...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.

      Television: Hearing Impairment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers Ofcom has to require television broadcasters to put subtitles on all children’s programmes.

      Football: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) professional football clubs, and (2) the Police, about sharing data on discrimination within professional football.

      Football: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to lower league football clubs to counter the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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