Written answers

Friday, 18 September 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the maritime sector on the role that decarbonising the maritime sector can play in...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coronavirus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support research into understanding the biological mechanisms of long term...

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that companies that have received funding from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of compliance of large companies with redundancy and recruitment...

      Employment: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support staff who are being forced to renegotiate contracts when the furlough scheme ends.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the incident reported at Sellafield on 14 August 2020 that involved Sellafield Ltd...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Doctors: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 July 2020 to Question 73784 on clinical negligence, if his Department will work with healthcare, regulatory...

    • Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to Recommendation 9 of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices safety Review, whether the Government has commenced that...

      Bereavement Counselling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will introduce a bereavement support bubble policy to enable grieving households to form a support bubble with one other household...

      Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the guidance, Staying safe and alert, updated on 9 September 2020, whether (a) Alcoholics Anonymous and (b) Narcotics...

      Care Quality Commission: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether CQC inspectors visiting care homes will be tested regularly for covid-19.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will exempt drug rehabilitation group therapy sessions from covid-19 lockdown restrictions on meetings and guidance on social...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of excluding drug and alcohol related support groups from the covid-19 restrictions...

      Bereavement Counselling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase bereavement support (a) during and (b) after the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, 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.

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support the mental health of students affected by summer 2020’s exam results.

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils with an education, health and care plan did not receive a place at one of their choices of (a) primary and (b) secondary school for...

      National Tutoring Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will enable and support local authorities to deliver an equivalent to the National Tutoring Programme.

      Educational Visits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the school travel sector on options for the safe resumption of school visits during the...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure schools are covid-19 secure during winter 2020-21 when ensuring ventilation in classrooms and outdoor...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) pupils and (b) teaching staff have access to appropriate (i) equipment, (ii) sanitiser and (iii) personal...

      Families: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 2.64 of Budget 2020 on research to support vulnerable children, what progress has been made on delivering the £2.5...

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, 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.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional support he plans to provide to (a) staff and (b) pupils in response to the reported increase in covid-19 cases.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to allocate additional funding for schools to spend on overtime for staff for the implementation of covid-19 safety measures.

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional support he is providing to pupils who are not able to attend school due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Assessments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with Ofqual on the effect of the lockdown due to the covid-19 outbreak on end-of-year assessments.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Albania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, (a) when and (b) at what level his Department last held negotiations with the Government of Albania on a trade agreement that will take...

    • Trade Agreements: Iceland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, (a) when and (b) at what level her Department last held negotiations with the Government of Iceland on a trade agreement that will take...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of local authorities with excess funding under Phase 1 of the Coronavirus local authority...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether an organised religious service that takes place in a (a) back garden and (b) other outside venue, whilst...

      Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been allocated to each local authority through the coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to guidance on covid-19 lockdown restrictions, what his Department defines as a place of worship.

      Next Steps Accommodation Programme: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he will confirm to Brighton and Hove City Council on how much funding they will receive from the Next Steps...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the time-limit for local authorities for spending Government funding to...

      Homelessness: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support his Department is providing to local homeless charities during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much of the £10m allocated for domestic abuse safe accommodation in response to covid-19 has been (a)...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the viability of Southampton as a new pilot area for the voluntary right to...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Saudi Arabian pilots trained in the UK have undertaken missions for the Royal Saudi Air Force in the war in Yemen.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how people have taken part in (a) the sector-based work academy programme and (b) JobCentre Plus work trials in the last 18 months.

    • Unemployment: UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she had made of the potential effect of not reaching an agreement on the future relationship with the EU on unemployment...

      Jobcentres: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work coach (a) recruitment campaigns and (b) hires there were in each of the last 12 months.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to ensure that the Child Maintenance Service provides additional financial support to people affected by parental...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Middle East and North Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what was the total budget this year for DFID's Middle East and North Africa programme; and with reference to his...

    • Overseas Aid: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government remains committed to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's...

      Lebanon: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

      Food Supply: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on levels of hunger throughout the world; and...

      Overseas Aid: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department plans to maintain the Department for International Development commitment to more than...

      Sudan: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the risk to (a) life, (b) health, (c) homes, (d) livelihoods, and (e) education...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will ensure that child health remains a strategic priority for his Department.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to publish details of the £2.9 billion reduction in Official Development Assistance planned 2020.

      New Zealand: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his New Zealand counterpart.

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to reports of the treatment of political prisoners (a) Sheikh Zuhair Ashoor, (b) Mohamed Sarhan,(c)...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July 2020 to Question 77760, if he will publish the phased transformation programme.

      Russia: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has held with the Russian Government regarding the treatment of minority groups in Russia;...

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if his Department will publish a response to the 10 recommendations set out in UNICEF UK’s September 2020...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will ensure that in addition to direct covid-19 global intervention programmes his Department tackles the...

      Government Departments: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what proportion of the Government Wine Cellar is (a) English wine and (b) wine from other countries.

      Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which British-based International Development NGOs he has met with since April 2020.

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September to Question 82263, since the launch of the UK Aid Direct funding round how...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2020 to Question 77761 on Department for International Development:...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

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

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Staff

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

    • Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications have been made to the Places of worship protective security funding scheme; and how much funding has been awarded in...

  • Treasury

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Furs: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to hold a consultation on banning the sale of fur in the UK.

    • Animals: Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure that wet markets do not reopen.

      Shellfish: Dee Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will hold discussions with Natural Resources Wales on enabling it to refuse Dee Estuary cockle fisheries licences to...

      Bridleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the preservation of bridleways and equestrian rights of way.

  • Department for Transport

    • Shipping: Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support private investment in the UK maritime industry.

  • Department for Education

    • Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing standardised testing in the autumn to assist schools in identifying any learning and skills gaps among pupils.

    • National FGM Centre: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reverse their decision to cap the funding of the National FGM Centre.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide support to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

      Disability and Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Children’s Commissioner for England on 2 September that children with special educational needs and...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Digital Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a mobile national digital technology support force, in partnership with local authorities and the private sector, to assist those...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Visas: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the EU about allowing UK citizens to visit EU countries for a continuous visa-free 180-day period from 1 January 2021.

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