Written answers

Thursday, 24 September 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed Two Railway Line: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that (a) HS2 and (b) HS2 contractor vehicles display HS2 identification on their windscreens to enable checks that...

    • Public Transport: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much covid-19 related financial support has been provided to support public transport (a) in the North East of England and (b) to each council in...

      Air Traffic Control: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with National Air Traffic Services on its decision to terminate the contracts of trainee air traffic controllers before...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for aviation plans to reply to the letter of 10 September 2020 from the hon....

      Department for Transport: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultative arrangements are in place between trade unions and his Department to discuss sustainability issues at his Department.

      Railways: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people use the train service between Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton monthly on average.

      Shipping: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to promote the potential merits of decarbonising the UK maritime sector at COP26.

      Railway Stations: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Office of Rail and Road on ensuring continued provision for parking at stations owned by Network Rail and TfL.

      Department for Transport: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people his Department and its agencies employ in teams working on issues relating to diversity, equality or inclusion.

      Transport: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commission Midlands Connect to conduct a review on adequacy of (a) the A49 and (b) strategic links to Wales.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the DVLA notified local authorities on 30 March 2020 that all enforcement action undertaken on vehicles under devolved powers was to...

      Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage lower levels of car use; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Hire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage private hire vehicles to switch to lower emission or electric vehicles.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the (a) staffing resources available to the DVLA to process hard-copy documents and (b) additional resources it requires...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Redundancy: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate the Insolvency Service has made of the number of employees notified in HR1 forms as being at risk of...

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department is making on meeting the 2.3 per cent public sector apprenticeship target; and when his...

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Government criteria on corporate sponsors for COP26, whether he plans to exclude companies involved...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for (a) projects for deploying hydrogen in...

      Post Office: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much of the public subsidy to Post Office Ltd was spent on operations in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to create a new ministerial responsibility within his Department to support the mining sector.

      Infrastructure: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to account for carbon emissions in the UK’s overseas infrastructure projects.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the UK’s historic carbon emissions.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will place in the Library his Department's plan to reduce its carbon emissions.

      Travel Agents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2020 to Question 87582 on Travel Agents: Coronavirus, what support his...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what consultative arrangements are in place between trade unions and his Department to discuss sustainability issues at...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Earwax: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons earwax removal is no longer routinely available on the NHS; and whether he has made an assessment of the economic effect...

    • Coronavirus: Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many volunteer scientists have been volunteering in covid-19 testing laboratories in each month since June 2020.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the number of occasions where a resident in England seeking a coronavirus test was advised to travel to (a) Wales and...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK Government's coronavirus test booking website is not directing people to (a) Wales and (b)...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many tests have been taken by residents of England at the coronavirus test centres in Rhondda Cynon Taf since 1 September 2020.

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to ensure a high download and usage rate of the covid-19 contact tracing app.

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the findings of the covid-19 contact tracing app trials that took place in (a) Newham and (b) the Isle of Wight; and...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the proposal by One Dementia Voice of designating relatives of care home...

      Maternal Mortality: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the evidence supporting the identification by his Department of a higher prevalence of mortality for caucasian women...

      Coronavirus: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the accessibility of covid-19 testing kits for students who are living in student accommodation and isolating.

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure equitable access to contact tracing for people who do not have a smartphone after the Covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will set out what constitutes a successful contact within the covid-19 test and trace system.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a levy on tobacco industry profits to achieve the...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding the Government plans to provide to (a) regional and (b) local government in England to help deliver the Government’s...

      Coronavirus: Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many members of staff are employed at each Lighthouse Laboratory covid-19 testing facility in the UK.

      Coronavirus: Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff are employed at the Lighthouse Laboratories facility in Glasgow; and how many have been employed at the facility in each...

      NHS: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recent suspected ransomware attack on a hospital in Dusseldorf, what assessment he has made of the NHS’s...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether pooled sample testing for covid-19 is being used in (a) the UK and (b) areas of the UK where covid-19 infections are deemed to be...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the availability to the public of the scientific evidence base for the covid-19 restrictions on the number...

      Coronavirus: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of exempting children from covid-19 restrictions on the number of people...

      Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of providing social care for children diagnosed with fetal valproate spectrum...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the transmission rate of covid-19 in socially-distanced (a) visits in household gardens and (b) indoor...

      Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will take steps to investigate reports of mobile and home-based practitioners providing non-surgical cosmetic...

      Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to (a) protect the safety of consumers seeking (i) special treatments and (ii) other non-surgical...

      Maternity Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to encourage NHS Trusts to implement as soon as possible the 8 September 2020 guidance on visitor restrictions.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department is making on meeting the 2.3 per cent public sector apprenticeship target; and when his Department will meet...

      Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether in deciding to use the urgency procedure to lay The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment)...

      Surgery: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is Government policy to restrict NHS elective surgery for people aged over 70; and if he will make a statement.

      Queen Mary's Hospital Roehampton: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Urgent Care Centre at Queen Mary's Hospital will be reopening.

      NHS: Ventilators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2020 to Question 61474 on NHS: Ventilators and the Chancellor's summer economic update of 8 July 2020,...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what change there has been in the level of per pupil funding for pupils in special schools in County Durham in each of the last three financial years.

    • Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, in reference to a letter of 18 June 2020 from the Secretary of State to the Chief Regulator of Ofqual, what the evidential basis is for the statement...

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish the conclusions of the review on support for children with special educational needs and disabilities that was launched on 6...

      Children's Centres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of (a) children’s centres and (b) Sure Start centres are open during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Special Educational Needs: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress has been made on the SEND review since the start of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children who have become eligible for free school meals since March 2020.

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2020 to Question 86171, when the Government plans to publish the outcome of its assessment of the Holiday...

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allocating additional money to local authorities in the Comprehensive Spending Review to help...

      Special Educational Needs: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children with SEND were excluded from school in each week since schools returned for the autumn term.

      Department for Education: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress his Department is making on meeting the 2.3 per cent public sector apprenticeship target; and when his Department will meet that target.

      Children and young people: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he makes of the change in demand for (a) children’s social care and (b) children and adolescent mental health services since...

      GCE A-level: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he requested data on the effect of the algorithm generated 2020 A-level results on the attainment gap between the date his Department received...

      Department for Education: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people his Department and its agencies employ in teams working on issues relating to diversity, equality or inclusion.

      Foster Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Fostering Network's proposal for an additional payment of £50 a week to foster carers...

      Special Educational Needs: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has provided to schools on supporting autistic children to return to school during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Holiday Play Schemes: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of the pilot Summer 2020 Holiday Activities and Food programme; and whether he plans to...

      Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to update guidance for schools to ensure that health risks for teachers who shielded during the covid-19 lockdown are...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the availability of covid-19 testing on the requirement of pupils with symptoms to be tested prior to...

      Educational Institutions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support youth educational organisations resume courses that include overnight stays during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional funding from the public purse he plans to make available to schools to enable them to hire more staff so that pupils can work in...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what research is being done on younger students spreading covid-19 into the wider community.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the CPS's use of restorative justice to support victims of crime.

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of people leaving prison were released without a (a) bank account and (b) valid photo ID in each of the last twelve months

      Prisoners' Discharge Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on his Department’s review of the Discharge Policy and £46 Discharge Grant; which stakeholders have been...

      Motor Vehicles: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions there have been for non-compliance with section 44 of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 in (a) Sussex and (b) England.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Human Rights: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September to Question 86598, for what reasons her Department did not begin its evaluation of alleged violations...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2020 to Question 89629, whether her Department has not yet signed agreements to roll over current...

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Written Statement of 7 July 2020 HC entitled Trade Update, HCWS339, which Department’s officials were...

      Institute of Economic Affairs: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, where her dinner with the Institute of Economic Affairs on 14 January 2020 took place; and whether she used a ministerial car to attend that...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Overseas Aid: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister to the Liaison Committee on 16 September 2020, HC 744,...

    • Rwanda: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister at the Liaison Committee on 16 September 2020, when his...

      Sudan: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to provide support to the people of Sudan following the recent flooding in that country.

      Rwanda: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister at the Liaison Committee on 16 September 2020, HC 744,...

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the expiry of the UN conventional arms...

      Human Rights: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking support proposals for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older People.

      Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy: Females

      To ask the To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that he Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign...

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help bring about a cessation of violence in southern Kaduna, Nigeria.

      River Nile: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support his Department has provided to reduce risks to (a) life, (b) health, (c) homes, (d) livelihoods, and...

      Developing Countries: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure that UK aid distribution workers that are from religious minorities within the...

      Sudan: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what humanitarian support his Department is providing to people in Sudan following recent heavy flooding in that...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many of the fixed-term contract staff in his Department have gone through (a) the deep vetting process, (b)...

      China: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the US Department of Defense report entitled, Military and Security Developments Involving the...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the Millennium Development Goal targets on access to clean water by the end...

      South China Sea: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to support freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

      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, with reference to the £24 million provided to...

      Taiwan: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the UN on its potential recognition of Taiwan as a sovereign state.

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support he plans to provide to the independent tribunal on China's alleged genocide against Muslim Uighur...

      China: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of (a) the UK negotiating with China a similar agreement...

      Overseas Aid: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to publish a response to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, Assessing DFID’s results...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he plans to take to ensure that staff in his Department who are non-UK nationals and transferred into...

      Poland: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps the UK Embassy in Poland is taking to help support human rights defenders in that country.

      Turkey: Overseas Aid

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

      Pakistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking with his Pakistani counterpart to ensure that police officers in Pakistan are trained to...

      Pakistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Pakistani counterpart on ensuring that criminal cases are registered...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September to Question 86598, in respect of the 33 allegations entered into the MOD tracker and awaiting assessment, (a)...

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September to Question 86598, on what dates his Department began and ended its evaluation of the 316 credible incidents...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what restrictions are in place on the use of the term HMS when naming a boat.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress her Department is making on meeting the 2.3 per cent public sector apprenticeship target; and when her Department will meet that...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people work in her Department's Wellbeing, Inclusion, Safety and Health team.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to help minimise the number of evictions of people in receipt of universal credit as a result of rent arrears.

      Jobcentres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department’s policy is on the requirement to attend face-to-face appointments with work coaches at jobcentres; and whether any...

      Jobcentres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress her Department has made in enabling appointments with work coaches to be held by video.

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Change Director General & Senior Responsible Owner Universal Credit, Neil Couling’s statement to the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to permit the direct payment of rent to landlords at any point during a universal credit claim to support the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support universal credit claimants at risk of being unable to work due to being unable to pay for...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2020 to Question 81701 on Personal Independence Payment, how many of the 18,290 people who registered to...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of enabling women affected by the Pensions Acts 1995 and 2011 to take up their...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on local economies of enabling women affected by the Pensions Acts 1995 and 2011 to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fish: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many sales notes were submitted (a) outside and (b) inside the statutory deadlines in 2019 for fish landed by UK vessels...

    • Fish: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many sales notes were submitted with incomplete data for fish landed by UK vessels in 2019 in England.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the 19 September 2013 European Commission pilot infraction letter to his Department and subsequent...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to discuss sustainability at his Department with civil service unions.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will place in the Library his Department's plan to reduce its carbon emissions.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the resilience of the food supply chain after the transition period.

      Food Supply: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the food supply to the public and private care sectors of a free...

      Game

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help shooting organisations meet the growing demand for game meat in the UK.

      Water: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many water samples have been taken in each year since 2010.

      Water: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of water bodies are in good ecological health in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland, and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Fish: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of registered buyers with an ESR number submitted sales note data electronically in accordance with EU...

      Air Pollution: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of changes in the level of air pollution during lockdown restrictions due to the covid-19...

      Heather Burning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps (a) his Department and (b) Natural England take to monitor moorland burning; and whether staff from (i) his...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether asylum applicants are required to claim asylum in the first safe country they reach.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to increase the asylum support rates, beyond the increase made in June 2020.

      Asylum: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of the victims of (a) human trafficking or (b) modern slavery who were granted asylum or humanitarian...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of the time taken for decisions to be made on asylum seekers applications before...

      Asylum: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2020 to Question 84230 on Asylum: Newcastle Upon Tyne, how many asylum seekers in Newcastle are...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to the letter of 20 August 2020 and follow-up correspondence from the Leader of Hull City Council on the housing of...

      Fixed Penalties: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to people returning from countries that are not included in the Government's travel corridors.

      Asylum: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been put into hotel accommodation in (a) Shipley constituency, (b) Bradford district, (c) West Yorkshire and...

      Asylum: Evictions and Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the (a) evidence, (b) reasons and (c) analysis for the decision to resume cessations of support and evictions of...

      Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure people seeking asylum are protected from covid-19 in the even that they are evicted from...

      Asylum: Evictions and Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the decision to resume cessations of support and evictions of unsuccessful asylum seekers, what (a) public health and (b)...

      Asylum: Evictions and Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she had with local authorities in asylum dispersal areas prior to the decision to resume cessations of support and...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Listed Buildings: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an exemption from council tax for unoccupied...

    • UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made on the (a) establishment and (b) operational details of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

      Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the voluntary right to buy pilot scheme for housing association...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter of the 24 July 2020 from the Rt. hon. Member for Leeds Central on the draft...

      Building Safety Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applications have been recieved for the Building Safety Fund.

      Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will provide support to leaseholders in flats that require cladding safety works.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) civil service staff and (b) members of the Government have taken time off work to self-isolate...

    • Cabinet Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his Department's average reply time has been for ministerial letters in each of the last five months.

      Cabinet Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress his Department is making on meeting the 2.3 per cent public sector apprenticeship target; and...

  • Treasury

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on unemployment of the ending of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in (a) St Helens North, (b)...

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on unemployment in the hospitality sector of ending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in (a) St Helens North,...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on unemployment among 16-24-year olds of ending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in (a) St Helens...

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HMRC staff were employed in Scotland on (a) 1 September 2020, (b) 1 April 2020, (c) 1 April 2019, (d) 1 April 2018, (e) 1 April 2017, (f) 1 April...

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the absence rate has been for HMRC staff based in Scotland in each of the last five financial years.

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse has been of wages for HMRC staff based in Scotland in each of the last five financial years.

      Unpaid Taxes: Fines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid in fines by people who submitted tax returns after the deadline of 31 January 2020.

      Import Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when new rules will be introduced to allow traders to apply for a Duty Deferment Account without a Customs Comprehensive Guarantee.

      Revenue and Customs: Edinburgh

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2020 to Question 83904 on Civil Servants: Edinburgh, how many HMRC staff are working in Queen Elizabeth House,...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a furlough-style scheme for people who cannot work as a result of being...

      Bank Services: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) passporting arrangements and (b) banking facilities used by UK citizens resident in the remaining EU 27...

      Bank Services: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has issued to UK customers of British banks who are resident in the EU on the continued availability of their bank accounts...

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing support for (a) the hair and beauty and (b) other industries that operate according to...

      Overseas Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Republic of Ireland will conclude repaying its loan under the Loans to Ireland Act 2010 by March 2021.

      Money

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made in (a) protecting cash payments and (b) ensuring access to cash in all communities.

      Money

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to implement a system to (a) measure, (b) analyse and (c) report how well the cash system performs for consumers.

      Question

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to build green infrastructure; and if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing municipal green bonds...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent projections he has made of (a) GDP and (b) GNI growth in (i) 2020 and (ii) 2021.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the ending of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on...

    • Remembrance Day: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will issue guidance on the safe holding of Remembrance Sunday events in 2020 in the context of the covid-19 outbreak;...

      Remembrance Day: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether (a) outdoor Remembrance Sunday and (b) other outdoor remembrance services will be exempt from the rule of six covid-19...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department is making on meeting the 2.3 per cent public sector apprenticeship target; and when his...

      Broadband: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking increase the availability of full fibre broadband in Stoke-on-Trent.

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make (a) instrumental musical tuition and (b) choir practices exempt from the limit of six persons meeting together...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Shops

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, when is it proposed to reintroduce cash payment at outlets in the House of Commons.

  • Prime Minister

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to allocate the remainder of the £2 billion investment to create “a new era for walking and cycling”, announced on 9 May.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Accountancy: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 6 August (HL7506), and in the light of the fact that the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has...

    • Accountancy: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 8 September (HL7080), whether this example of Parliament not maintaining copyright over the...

      Accountancy: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 8 September (HL7080), whether they informed either House that an agreement would be needed with, and...

      Construction: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of issues relating to construction and security at Liverpool Hope Hospital, Manchester Uptown, and the University of Sheffield, what plans they...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Mathematics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to create more new maths schools in England.

    • Literacy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Education Endowment Foundation’s publication Improving Literacy in Key Stage 1, published on 30 September 2016; and...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information schools have received about (1) their eligibility to access the COVID-19 related funding announced on 19 June and 20 July, (2) the amount of...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Nigeria: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the scale of attacks by Islamists on Muslim communities in Nigeria; and what data sources they used to inform any such assessment.

    • Africa: Floods

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the statement by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance on the flooding that has affected people in...

      Israel: Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel about reports that (1) classroom chairs and tables, and (2) roof panels, from an elementary...

      International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government at what level they will be represented at the United Nations General Assembly special high-level meeting on 2 October to recognise the significance of the...

      Bahrain: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the meeting that took place between Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Ministers and the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 7 September,...

      International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to recognise the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on 26 September.

      Israeli Settlements: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel about that government's proposals to build 5,000 new homes in the West Bank for Israeli settlers.

      Bahrain: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the meeting that took place between Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Ministers and the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 7 September, what...

      Nigeria: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further representations they have made to the government of Nigeria to encourage (1) the investigation, and (2) the prosecution, of (a) war crimes, (b) crimes...

      Cyrpus: Territorial Waters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of Greece and Turkey about those governments' dispute over the territorial waters of Cyprus.

      West Bank: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian National Authority about the protection of the education of Palestinian children in the West Bank.

      Ethiopia: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia about reports that at least 500 Christians have been killed in that country since June.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to resume the recruitment to the Armed Forces of personnel born in Commonwealth countries.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban the production and export of pesticides and herbicides which are banned for use in the UK, including (1) paraquat, and (2)...

  • Home Office

    • Children: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funding is available to local authorities to meet the needs of (1) homeless, and (2) unaccompanied child, asylum seekers; and what plans they have...

    • Children: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of (1) homeless, and (2) unaccompanied child, asylum seekers (a) in total, and (b) in each local authority area.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied children have been transferred since June to the care of councils since arriving in England from crossing the English Channel; to list the...

      British Nationality: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the estimated (1) legal, and (2) administrative, costs of their involvement in the case Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens v...

      Victim Support Schemes: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 2 May of £76 million extra funding to support...

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) EEA citizens, and (2) citizens of countries requiring visas to visit the UK, are permitted to enter the UK at a point on the coast which does...

      Refugees: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 9 September (HL Deb, col 820), what plans they have to meet with the Lift the Ban Coalition...

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department for International Trade

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