Written answers

Thursday, 17 September 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications have been made to the Cycle to Work Scheme in each month of 2020.

    • Motor Vehicles: Hydrogen

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

      Motor Vehicles: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had about the role hydrogen passenger vehicles can play as part of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the level of funding that would be required to decarbonise the maritime sector.

      Invalid Vehicles: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the speed limit for mobility scooters on UK roads to that in the EU.

      A34: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2019 to Question 28460 on A34: Oxfordshire, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) deaths and (b)...

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the (a) young person's railcard and (b) 26 to 30 railcard for 12 months to encourage...

      Driving Instruction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effect of covid-19 social distancing restrictions on learner drivers.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much revenue has accrued to the public purse in each year since charges replaced the original tolls at the Dartford crossing; and what estimate he...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the (a) number of and (b) deficit in MOT testing in each month since March (i) 2019 and (ii) 2020; what...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve waiting times at the DVLA.

      Department for Transport: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of staff who applied for promotion within his Department between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 and identified as...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the incident reported at Sellafield on 14 August 2020, what reports his Department has received of...

    • Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the incident reported at Sellafield on 14 August 2020, what assessment his Department has made of the...

      Nuclear Liabilities Financing Assurance Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his plans are for the future of the Nuclear Liabilities Financing Assurance Board; and if he will make a statement.

      Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to prepare for the UK potentially not associating to Horizon Europe after...

      Coronavirus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support research into the efficacy of a covid-19 vaccine in older people.

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what additional support the Government is providing to help start up businesses establish themselves in the current economy.

      Small Businesses: Discretionary Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason (a) day nurseries and (b) children's indoor play centres were not identified as priority business types...

      Small Businesses: Discretionary Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much of the £617 million of the Government's Discretionary Grant fund has been granted to businesses by local...

      Small Businesses: Discretionary Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what value of grants from the Discretionary Grant Fund have been awarded to (a) small businesses in shared...

      Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of job losses in the retail sector during the covid-19 outbreak an on...

      Energy: White Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on what date he plans to publish his Energy White Paper.

      Developing Countries: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the outcome of the review into funding support for fossil fuel projects overseas; and what...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender,...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many tests have been taken at each covid-19 testing site in Birmingham on each day since 31 August 2020.

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons Mildmay Road covid-19 testing centre in Ilford no longer accepts walk in appointments; and for what reasons the local...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data the Mildmay Road covid-19 testing centre in Ilford shares with the London Borough of Redbridge council.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 walk-in testing centres were made appointment-only on each day from 15 August to 14 September 2020.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cap since 13 September 2020 has been on the number of tests that can be done at (a) drive in test centres and (b) walk through...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much additional funding he has made available for (a) cancer drugs, (b) chemotherapy and (c) radiotherapy to help cancer services...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to Question 83754, on Coronavirus: Chesterfield, tabled on 1 September 2020 by the hon. Member for Chesterfield.

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which Minister in his Department has responsibility to make an assessment of the effect of the temporary measure to approve both sets of...

      Health and Social Services: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what equality impact assessment he has made of the disparity in rules for quarantine upon arrival in the UK for (a) carers of people with...

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the health risks of abortion pills taken at home.

      Abortion: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that temporarily allowed home abortions during the covid-19 outbreak do not place women at increased...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to require a uniform method of recording (a) the provision of respite care across local authorities and (b) whether...

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support adult social care providers to prepare for the potential effect of a second wave of...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the criteria are on care home prioritisation for covid-19 home testing kits.

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to publish the Social Care Taskforce plan for supporting the social care sector through the covid-19 outbreak.

      Social Services: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the social care sector in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Staffordshire during the covid-19...

      NHS: Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to retain physiotherapists who have entered NHS employment temporarily during the covid-19 outbreak.

      SUDEP Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will meet representatives of SUDEP Action to discuss its research into the effect of covid-19 on (a) people with...

      Health Professions: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what unconscious bias training his Department offers to healthcare professionals.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letters of 29 April 2020, 7 May 2020 and 18 June 2020 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay on...

      Deloitte: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2020 to Question 48980 on Deloitte, if he will set out the total sum of monies paid by his Department...

  • Wales Office

    • Hydrogen: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what support his Department is providing to the Welsh hydrogen economy.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2020 to Question 58792, what steps the Government has taken to prepare schools to transition to virtual teaching in...

    • Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer on 20 July 2020 to Question 74468 on Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes, what the source of funding was for Edenred's delivery...

      Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with education providers on the timetable for (a) SATs, (b) GCSE, (c) A-level and (d) BTec assessments in the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) practical and (b) financial support is available to families that rely on childcare provided by extended family members in areas with...

      Outdoor Recreation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to publish re-opening guidance for residential outdoor activity centres as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education of 7 September 2020, Official Report, column 349, on...

      Neurofibromatosis: Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that schools are aware of the social, psychological and health problems that pupils with neurofibromatosis 1 may have.

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department is providing to schools to help disadvantaged pupils catch-up on time missed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Special Educational Needs: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Government’s SEND review is conducted (a) promptly and (b) thoroughly.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Food: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the additional annual cost to UK food and drink manufacturing businesses of the application of the published...

    • Free Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether officials from her Department attended the launch events in (a) London or (b) Washington DC on 18 September 2018 for the Ideal US-UK...

      Free Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions (a) officials and (b) Ministers in her Department have had since 27 September 2017 with external (i) individuals and (ii)...

      Riot Control Weapons: Chile

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many licences for the export of 12 gauge rubberised buckshot TEC Harseim ammunition to Chile have been granted in the last 12 months.

      Board of Trade: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2020 to Question 86738, when the date and location of the next board of trade meeting will be advertised.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Gender: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make it his policy to (a) retain and (b) promote the Strategic Vision for Gender Equality.

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that Departmental officials who work in countries with significant freedom of...

      Afghanistan: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Afghanistan on the protection of minorities, particularly...

      Democracy and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will invite submissions from civil society during the process of preparing his Department’s Human...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make protecting freedom of religion or belief a priority for his Department.

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of (a) the article written by Bahraini political...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Training

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

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether civil servants in the (a) Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (b) Department for International Development will see a...

      Bahrain: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2020 to Question 77846 on Bahrain: Capital punishment, if he will set out...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the report to the UN Human Rights Council of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the rate of (a) demolitions and (b) confiscations of (i)...

      Saudi Arabia: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Saudi Arabian authorities on the forceful detention of African migrants in...

      Abduljalil Abdulla al-Singace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to reports of ongoing medical negligence in Jau Prison in Bahrain of (a) inmates not being provided...

      Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, for what reason the Government is yet to join the other permanent members of the UN Security Council in ratifying...

      Palestinians: Textbooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts in response to reports that the EU's review into the...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support his Department plans to provide to vulnerable Palestinians through the £2.7m UK aid package that...

      Developing Countries: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that religious identity is not a barrier to equal access to UK Official...

      Taiwan: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to strengthen its co-operation with Taiwan on achieving and implementing the...

      Myanmar: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support he is providing to the International Criminal Court Investigation ICC-01/19 of crimes against the...

      China: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) his Chinese counterpart on the China’s People’s Liberation Army...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) service personnel and (b) veterans were charged for crimes which allegedly took place during overseas operations in each of the last 20 years.

    • HMS Queen Elizabeth: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the second covid-19 outbreak onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth on the outcome of training exercises...

      Navy: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a minesweeper currently in operation will contribute to fisheries protection after the transition period.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July to Question 68798, how many alleged breaches or violations of International Humanitarian Law in Yemen took place in...

      Ministry of Defence: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) the role and (b) cost to the public purse is of his Department's director of diversity and inclusion.

      Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill 2019-21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill on the number of convictions of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether claimants for the new version of jobseekers allowance are entitled to universal credit when their claim expires after six months.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of new universal credit claims made since 3 May 2020 were unsuccessful; what proportion of those claims were...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many covid 19-related workplace inspections the Health and Safety Executive undertook in each of the last six months; and what the outcome...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department is providing to help disabled people (a) find and (b) remain in employment during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of households with children subject to the benefit cap; and what assessment she has made of...

      Jobcentres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent work coaches there are in her Department.

      Universal Credit: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support people transitioning from legacy benefits to universal credit in Darlington constituency.

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2020 to Question 52243 on Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illness, when her Department plans to publish...

      Financial Services: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of implementing a training programme for pension and finance professionals to...

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions her Department has had with (a) pension regulators, (b) pension providers and (c) HMRC on encouraging victims of pensions...

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential increase in pension scams since the covid-19 outbreak.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claims in each parliamentary constituency had deductions taken from them in the most recent month for which data is...

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have contacted Action Fraud on potential pension scams since the covid-19 outbreak.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that increased time frames for personal independence payment renewals do not prevent people whose PIP is no...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support people of all ages back into work as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions her Department has had with HMRC on its investigation of tax rule breaches arising from pension scams.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings he has held with regional stakeholders in South Yorkshire on (a) the winter 2019 floods and (b) flood...

    • Agriculture: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department has provided to agricultural shows in England in each of the last three years.

      Dogs: Public Spaces Protection Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of Public Space Protection Orders regarding dog control as a tool for...

      Outdoor Recreation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he received representations on which outdoor activities are exempt from the rule of six covid-19 regulations.

      Hunting: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether (a) grouse shooting and (b) trail hunting are exempted activities from the rule of six covid-19 regulations.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings he has had on the winter 2019-20 flooding with hon. Members whose constituencies were affected.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that upcoming legislative proposals protect air quality.

      Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times since 2010 his Department has issued guidance to the Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls: Aiports and Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many exit checks (a) in person and (b) using automated processes were carried out for EEA and Swiss nationals departing from all UK...

    • Visas: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the UK's capability to accommodate citizens from Hong Kong under the bespoke Hong Kong BN(O) Visa.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications there have been to the National Referral Mechanism by region in each of the last five years.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of applications to the National Referral Mechanism received a reasonable grounds decision in each of the last five years.

      British National Socialist Movement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the threat posed by the British National Socialist Movement to the public; what representations she has...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who have been recognised through the National Referral Mechanism as being a victim of a crime have gone on to prosecution;...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have been refused entry to the UK at all ports of entry as a result of convictions for human trafficking and modern...

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Her Majesty’s Passport Office's update on passport applications published on 24 July 2020, how many passport...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been allocated to initial accommodation by local authority in each of the last three years.

      Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have No Recourse to Public Funds conditions attached to their immigration status in...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of leasehold flats in buildings that do not have an EWS1 certificate.

    • Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when applicants to the cladding building safety fund will be allocated to caseworkers.

      Swimming Pools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of local authority run swimming pools including pools run under...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the (a) criteria and (b) budget for the Shared Prosperity Fund.

      Remembrance Day: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what advice the Government has issued to local authorities on conducting covid-secure Remembrance Sunday services.

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the proportion of new homes delivered through the 2021-2026 affordable homes programme...

      Planning Permission: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support local authorities to tackle any backlog of planning applications...

      Plants: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to protect vegetation in the urban environment.

      Derelict Land: Maps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to publish a national map of brownfield sites.

      Mayor of the West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many representations he has received from the Mayor of the West Midlands on proposed changes to the planning system.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what meetings (a) he has and (b) Ministers in his Department have held with tobacco companies or their representatives...

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

    • Coronavirus: Public Inquiries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether officials in (a) his Department, and (b) the wider Civil Service have been advised not to destroy...

    • Government Departments: Living Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Government departments can apply to the Living Wage Foundation to become a Living Wage Accredited...

      Veterans: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to support the welfare of British veterans overseas.

      Voting Rights: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what franchise EU citizens with (a) pre-settled and (b) settled immigration status will have after 31 December...

      Elections: Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when they plan to (a) review and (b) bring forward new proposals on the legislative framework for electoral law.

      Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to postpone Census 2021 in line with Scotland; what estimate he has made of the cost of postponing the census; and what steps the...

  • Treasury

    • Elizabeth Truss

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many events were attended between 1 September 2017 and 24 July 2019 by the then Chief Secretary to the Treasury at the invitation of: (a) the Institute...

    • Centrica: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total sum of payments made to Centrica plc and its subsidiaries is under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

      Charities: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reconsider the provisions under Section 33 of the VAT Act 1994 which mean charitable bodies cannot recover VAT on public benefit works on...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the return of HMRC preferential creditor status on (a) the willingness of retail banks to extend...

      Shipping: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to inform UK seafarers who have been unable to work due to covid-19 travel restrictions that they may face a tax bill as a...

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July 2020 to Questions 75431 to 75432 on Bank Services, 75433 on Bank Services: Foreign Nationals and 75434 on Bank Services:...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the (a) forecast expenditure and (b) actual expenditure for the tax-free childcare scheme in the last three financial years to date.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the forecast expenditure is for the tax-free childcare scheme for (a) 2020-21 and (b) the next three financial years.

      Affordable Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to make housing more affordable for people who have...

      Treasury: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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.

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HMRC has made of the number of brewers producing between 2,100 hectolitres and 5,000 hectolitres a year.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what conditions on (a) environmental performance, (b) treatment of employees, (c) continuation as a going concern, (d) tax practices, (e) corporate...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

    • Youth Investment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timetable is for the launch of the Youth Investment Fund.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2020 to Question 64332 on Broadband and Mobile Phones, what assessment his Department has...

      British Telecom: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with BT Group on preventing compulsory redundancies at BT Technology; and if he will make a...

      Broadband: Poplar and Limehouse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to ensure that people who work and live in Poplar and Limehouse constituency can access full-fibre broadband...

      Theatres: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of recent changes to covid-19 restrictions on youth theatres.

      Coronavirus: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2020 to Question 84695 on Coronavirus: Disinformation, how many full time equivalent...

      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 what proportion of commercial pornography sites (a) allow...

      Sports: Coronanvirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance he has published for amateur sports clubs to return safely during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Telecommunications Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Ofcom on the switch off of the Public Switched Telephone Network; and what plans he has to...

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling and Walking: Lancashire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £250 million emergency active travel fund, announced on 9 May, was allocated to (1) Lancashire, (2) Blackburn with Darwen, and (3) Blackpool;...

    • Shipping: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they (1) have provided, and (2) intend to provide, to the maritime sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Aircraft: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to improve the safety and regulation of light aircraft, and (2) the safety and regulation of such aircraft which are registered in the...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of decarbonisation of the maritime industry on the number of new jobs created in that sector.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about the potential role of hydrogen in decarbonising the maritime sector.

      SS Richard Montgomery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they decided that the masts of the SS Richard Montgomery should now be removed; and if they will publish the risk assessment that led to this decision.

      Skywriting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the environmental impact of the reintroduction of skywriting, and (2) the impact of such a reintroduction on their plans...

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reached agreement with the EU on the future arrangements for the administration of the Channel Tunnel; and if not, what is the planned timetable...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to further review the costs and benefits of HS2; and whether that project remains (1) on time, and (2) on budget.

      Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have suspended meetings of the expert steering group representing airports; if so, why; how they intend to liaise with airports on the impact of...

      European Aviation Safety Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are planning, if any, to ensure that aviation is safe if and when the UK leaves the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to adjust the timings of announcements adding countries to the list of those requiring quarantine for returning visitors in order to allow a...

      Motor Vehicles: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to discourage the use of private combustion engine motor vehicles in cities, and (2) to promote the use of public transport in...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reduction in research funding available to universities as a result of reduced charitable giving during the COVID-19...

    • Earthquakes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many earthquakes have been recorded in the UK in the last 12 months with a magnitude of over two; and where they have been located.

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme and Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish the names of the recipients of loans made under (1) the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and (2) the Bounce Back Loan...

      Textiles: Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve enforcement of minimum wage legislation in the garment sector in the UK.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) businesses, and (2) tradespeople, have signed up to the TrustMark Scheme in order to take part in the Green Homes Grant Scheme.

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future of the aerospace sector in the UK.

      Aerospace Industry: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they provided in research and development grants to the aerospace industry in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.

      Aerospace Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist the UK aerospace industry in the light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the long-term health consequences of COVID-19 on the NHS.

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the (1) Cornwall Partnership, (2) Dorset County Hospital, (3) Great Western Hospitals, (4) Royal Devon and Exeter, and (5) Torbay and...

      Charities: Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they will take to support health charities following the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Social Services: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consider adopting the Buurtzorg model for the provision of social care.

      Care Homes: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the level of mortality in private care homes due to COVID-19, what steps they intend to take (1) to facilitate the provision of such care by local...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to devolve decision-making on local COVID-19 restrictions to local government; and if they have any such plans, whether district...

      Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they maintain records of how many people employed by NHS England are assessed as obese; what percentage of the total staff complement of NHS England this...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether those local authorities which are now tracing positive COVID-19 cases on behalf of the national test and trace system will be given further authority to...

      New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group: Dental Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that at least one member of New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group has expert knowledge of the dental...

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for (1) the NHSX COVID-19 contact tracing application, and (2) the new contact tracing...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the self-isolation payments currently being piloted will be payable to those who have claimed but are not yet in receipt of Universal Credit because of the...

      NHS Digital: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for NHS Digital to review its public cloud guidance following the judgment by the European Court of Justice in the Schrems II case.

      NHS Counter Fraud Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the post-2020 strategy of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority.

  • Department for Education

    • Higher Education: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial effect of the decision of examination bodies in England to allow predicted grades as a basis for...

    • Department for Education: Staff

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

      National Tutoring Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the terms of reference of the National Tutoring Programme so that independent schools can participate fully in it.

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have made available to local authorities about pupils who were not a registered pupil at any school at the beginning of the lockdown put in...

      Children in Care: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children are currently in care; and what percentage of those were provided with laptops for home schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Treasury

    • H2O Asset Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) they, or (2) the Financial Conduct Authority, have reviewed the accuracy of public statements made by H2O Asset Management on the gating of funds.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Human Rights: Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of UN Resolution 68/237 and the impact of the promulgation of the International Decade for People of African Descent; and what...

    • China: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the list of those who have been designated for Magnitsky-style sanctions to include any senior Chinese Communist Party...

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision to remove references to the separation of powers and its impact on judicial independence and other aspects...

      Mali: Military Coups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the military coup on 18 August in Mali, what assessment they have made of (1) the current political situation in that country, and (2) the progress of...

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Igbo Councillors and MPs in the UK group Report on Fulani Herdsmen killing Igbos and Christians in South East...

      Hong Kong: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 5 August (HL7139), why they do not publish the results of their assessments of how many people they expect to...

      Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their six-monthly report on Hong Kong, covering January to June 2020.

      Australia and New Zealand: Emigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of Australia and New Zealand about those governments' policies aimed at encouraging UK skilled workers and...

      Pakistan: Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that £50 million of UK funding was provided for the construction of classrooms in areas of Pakistan after being...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Campaign Against Arms Trade publication in August of a list of 17 countries which received some form of British military training between 2018 and...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Disadvantaged: Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they intend to offer to students from vulnerable families who are unable to begin a degree course in September.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations on the standards for food imports which should apply in international trade agreements in the report by...

    • Partridges and Pheasants: Animal Breeding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to regulate the conditions in which pheasants and red-legged partridges are reared before being released as gamebirds.

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that all TetraPaks used in the UK are appropriately recycled.

  • Home Office

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women and girls in the UK they estimate have been affected by female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C); how many women and girls were treated in the UK...

    • Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 12 March (HL2248), whether the Law Commission review of legislation related to hate crime has...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure the provision of sufficient funding for district councils in two-tier areas to support (1) the public health work of their...

    • Gatwick Airport: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on Crawley and the surrounding area of the redundancies announced by Gatwick Airport; and what plans they...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Data Protection: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Government Digital Service has undertaken a risk assessment of UK Government data being held with US cloud providers following the judgment by the...

  • Department for International Trade

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